Diane Ravitch: Is A Public School a Public Good, or a Shoestore?

Part of the For the Public Good series, hosted by the Barnard Education Program.

Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch tackles one of the most provocative issues in education today: What’s behind the trend to close lowscoring schools and turn them over to private managers? What happens when the educational welfare of America’s next generation becomes privatized? And what are the troubling repercussions for the future of public education? Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University, is the author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education; The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn; and Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform.

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