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The Death and life of the great American school system : how testing and choice are undermining education

Death and Life of the Great American School System

Publication Type:

Book

Authors:

Ravitch,Diane

Source:

Basic Books, New York, NY, p.283 (2010)

Call Number:

Cubb LA217.2 .R38 2010

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8490743

Keywords:

Educational accountability--United States, Educational tests and measurements--United States, Public schools--United States, School choice--United States

Abstract:

Contents: What I learned about school reform -- Hijacked! : how the standards movement turned into the testing movement -- The transformation of District 2 -- Lessons from San Diego -- The business model in New York City -- NCLB : measure and punish -- Choice : the story of an idea -- The trouble with accountability -- What would Mrs. Ratliff do? -- The billionaire boys' club -- Lessons learned.; Summary: Award-winning author, public intellectual, and former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch critiques a lifetime's worth of school reforms and reveals the simple--yet difficult--truth about how we can create actual change in public schools.

Notes:

"Diane Ravitch is one of the most important public intellectuals of our time. In this powerful and deftly written book, she takes on the big issues of American education today, fearlessly articulating both the central importance of strong public education and the central elements for strengthening our schools. Anyone who cares about public education should read this book." -- Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommon Professor of Education, Stanford University, and Founding Executive Director, National Commission for Teaching & America's Future