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What type of School Reform do we really want? A Public Discussion

Listen to Lois Weiner's analysis of the current education sitution and ask yourself why colleges of education across the country don't invite her on a barnstorming tour equal to Diane Ravitch's. (see below)

MUST viewing: Radical Film and Lecture Series.
NYU, March 26, 2010

Lois Weiner, Diane Ravitch, & Edward Fergus.

Radical Film and Lecture Series at NYU
3/26/2010. What type of School Reform do we really want? A public discussion featuring:

Diane Ravitch -- Author of over twenty books, former Assistant Secretary of Education under President George H. W. Bush, and currently research professor of education at New York University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. In her latest book she explains why she's changed her mind and now views testing and choice as barriers to public education.

Lois Weiner-- Professor in the College of Education at New Jersey City University; Editorial Board member and education editor of 'New Politics' magazine; and former long time New York City high school teacher. Weiner explains the World Bank rule on education reform

Edward Fergus-- Deputy Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University. A former high school teacher, he continues to provide technical assistance and analysis on education policy and research to school districts. He has published various articles on disproportionality in special education, race/ethnicity in schools, and author of 'Skin Color and Identity Formation: Perceptions of Opportunity and Academic Orientation among Mexican and Puerto Rican Youth'.

Quote of the Day:

Education can democratize access to the labor market, but education cannot eliminate labor market tyranny. . . education can't create good jobs. . . and we in education have to say this. . . . We need to say to to the Democrats: If you're willing to bail out the banks, you have to be willing to bail out the schools. . . . Teachers must realize that you're swimming against the tide. Everything is set up to subvert us.
--Lois Weiner.

From Diane Ravitch News: (You can get hot links to the book reviews at this site.)

About The Death and Life of the Great American School System

"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

"No citizen can afford to ignore this brave book by our premier historian of education. Diane Ravitch shines a bright, collective light on the exaggerated claims of school reformers on both the left and the right, and offers an utterly convincing case for abandoning quick fixes in favor of nurturing the minds and hearts of our students from the earliest years with enabling knowledge and values."
—E. D. Hirsch, Jr., author of Cultural Literacy, The Schools We Need, and The Making of Americans

"Diane Ravitch is the rarest of scholars—one who reports her findings and conclusions, even when they go against conventional wisdom and even when they counter her earlier, publicly espoused opinions. A 'must' read for all who truly care about American education."
—Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Reviews and Other Press

Jeff Bale, "A School Is Not a Business," SocialistWorker.org, April 8, 2010.

Stephanie Schorow, "Schools May Flunk Testing: Education Critic Says Accountability Strictures Go Too Far," Harvard Gazette, April 7, 2010.

Michael Corbin, "An Education? Two Recent Books Take Hard Looks at the Current State of America's Public Schools," Baltimore City Paper, April 7, 2010.

Joanne Barkan, "About-face: A Conservative Rethinks Education Policy," Dissent, Spring 2010.

NYCee, "Ravitch: 'Obama taking Bush policies to greater extreme,'" Daily Kos, April 3, 2010.

Konrad Yakabuski, "A Teachable Moment for American Schools," Globe and Mail, April 01, 2010.

Gabe Pressman, "Teaching to the Test and Charter Schools Won't Help Kids: Expert," NBC New York, March 31, 2010.

Karen Francisco, "Public School Reform, Reconsidered," Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN), March 28, 2010.

Alan J. Borsuk, "Former School Choice Advocate Does a 180," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 27, 2010.

Public School Forum of North Carolina, "Friday Report 'Must Read' Recommendation," March 26, 2010.

Diana Senechal, "Diane Ravitch Didn't Make a U-Turn," The Answer Sheet, Washington Post, March 25, 2010.

John Thompson, "Good Intentions vs. Good Results," Alexander Russo's This Week in Education, March 23, 2010.

Valerie Strauss, "Ravitch's NCLB Book an Unexpected Best Seller," The Answer Sheet, Washington Post, March 23, 2010.

Nancy Flanagan, "The Slippery Slope," Education Week, March 21, 2010.

Diane Ravitch, Kevin Carey, Nelson Smith, "Is Education on the Wrong Track? A TNR Symposium" (part 5 of symposium), The New Republic, March 21, 2010.

Paola Scommegna, book review, March 21, 2010.

Andrew Sullivan, "Leave NCLB Behind? Ctd," The Atlantic, March 18, 2010.

Richard Rothstein, Ben Wildavsky, "Is Education on the Wrong Track? A TNR Symposium" (part 4 of symposium), The New Republic, March 18, 2010.

Sara Stevenson, letter to the Wall Street Journal, March 18, 2010.

Diane Ravitch, Andrew Rotherham, "Is Education on the Wrong Track? A TNR Symposium" (part 3 of symposium), The New Republic, March 17, 2010.

Diane Ravitch, Kevin Carey, "Is Education on the Wrong Track? A TNR Symposium" (part 2 of symposium), The New Republic, March 16, 2010.

Glenn C. Altschuler, "The 'Great American School System' Flunks Out," NPR, March 16, 2010.

Bob Blaisdell, book review, Christian Science Monitor, March 16, 2010.

Diane Ravitch, Richard Rothstein, Ben Wildavsky, et al., Has Education Reform Gone Too Far? A TNR Symposium, The New Republic, March 15, 2010, and onward.

Daniel T. Willingham, "Willingham on School Choice," The Answer Sheet, Washington Post, March 15, 2010.

Gilbert Cruz, book review, Time, March 15, 2010.

Frank T. Pool, "The Apostate of Education, Diane Ravitch," Longview News-Journal, March 15, 2010.

David Glenn, "Diane Ravitch Wants the 'Public' Back in Public Schools," Chronicle of Higher Education, March 14, 2010.

Dennis Pierce, "Critics: Obama̢۪s Ed Policies No Better than Bush̢۪s," eSchool News, March 12, 2010.

Sara Mosle, "Facing Up to Our Ignorance," Slate, March 11, 2010.

Steve Koss, book review, NYC Public School Parents blog, March 10, 2010.

Greg Toppo, "Scholar Diane Ravitch: 'We've Lost Sight' of Schools' Goal," USA Today, March 9, 2010.

Jay Mathews, "Ravitch, Unpredictable, Still Likes NCLB Basics," Class Struggle, Washington Post, March 9, 2010.

Steve Wood, book review, Educators' News blog, March 9, 2010.

Clive McFarlane, "A Change of Heart on No Child," Telegram.com (Worcester Telegram & Gazette), March 8, 2010.

Daytona Beach News-Journal, "The Ravitch Test," editorial, March 8, 2010.

Las Vegas Sun, "Teaching Our Children," editorial, March 8, 2010.

Kevin Anthony Stoda, "Obama Is Not Even Trying to Be an Education President," OpEdNews.com, March 7, 2010.

Bruce Walsh, "Bad News for Schools: Life Is Not a Standardized Test," Metro International, March 7, 2010.

Robert VerBruggen, "Two New Works on Education Policy," National Review Online, March 5, 2010.

Scott Eblin, "What Are We Incenting?" GovernmentExecutive.com, March 5, 2010.

Maureen Downey, "Diane Ravitch: Education Has Become Search And Destroy Mission and Teachers Are Often the Targets," Get Schooled, Atlanta Journal-Consitution, March 5, 2010.

Debra Viadero, "In New Book, Ravitch Recants Long-Held Beliefs," Education Week, March 4, 2010.

Valerie Strauss, "Race to the Top Finalists and the 'Ick' Factor," The Answer Sheet, Washington Post, March 4, 2010.

Danny Westneat, "Firings No Answer for Schools," Seattle Times, March 3, 2010.

Sam Dillon, "Scholar's School Reform U-Turn Shakes Up Debate," New York Times, March 3, 2010.

Chester E. Finn Jr., "School's Out," Forbes, March 3, 2010.

Alan Gottlieb, "Ravitch Is Right... and Wrong," Huffington Post, March 2, 2010.

Arthur Goldstein, "Ravitch Reveals All," GothamSchools, March 2, 2010.

Andrew Wolf, "Ravitch Offers Passionate Defense of America's Public School System," New York Sun, March 2, 2010.

David L. Kirp, "The Great School Delusion," American Prospect, March 1, 2010.

Gary Stager, "The Book Every Educator Should Read," Stager-to-Go, March 1, 2010.

Kate Tuttle, "Little Dead Schoolhouse," Boston Globe, February 28, 2010.

Kenneth Bernstein (teacherken), book review, Daily Kos, February 28, 2010.

Peter Schrag, book review, Los Angeles Times, February 28, 2010.

Robert Pondiscio, "Diane Ravitch: A Prophet Without Honor," Core Knowledge blog, February 26, 2010.

Valerie Strauss, "Why You Should Read Diane Ravitch's New Book," The Answer Sheet, Washington Post, February 26, 2010.

Nick Anderson, "Business Principles Won't Work for School Reform, Former Supporter Ravitch Says," Washington Post, February 26, 2010.

Richard D. Kahlenberg, "Re-education: Conservative Education Scholar Diane Ravitch Returns to Her Liberal Roots," Washington Monthly, March/April 2010.

Library Journal, starred review, February 2010.

Interviews and Speeches

BBC, "No Child Left Behind Has Been a Failure," interview with Matt Frei, April 8, 2010.

The Economist, interview on the Democracy in America blog, March 29, 2010.

NYU Radical Film and Lecture Series, "What Kind of School Reform Do We Really Want?" A public discussion with Diane Ravitch, Lois Weiner, and Edward Fergus, Part 1 and Part 2, March 26, 2010.

Salon.com, interview with Mary Elizabeth Williams, March 26, 2010.

MSNBC, interview with Andrea Mitchell, March 26, 2010 (transcript here).

Teachers College, book talk at Gottesman Libraries, March 24, 2010.

NYU Steinhardt, interview with Timothy J. Farrell, March 24, 2010.

C-SPAN, interview with Valerie Strauss on Book TV, March 20 at 10 p.m.; March 21 at 9 p.m.; March 22 at 12 a.m.; March 22 at 3 a.m; and March 28 at 12 p.m.

MSNBC, interview with Monica Novotny, March 18, 2010.

PBS Newshour, interview with Jeffrey Brown, March 17, 2010.

Public School Insights, interview with Claus von Zastrow, March 16, 2010.

Economic Policy Institute, interview, March 15, 2010.

eSN.TV, interview with eSchool News, February 11, 2010; posted March 12, 2010.

WAMU 88.5 FM, interview with Diane Rehm, March 11, 2010.

American Enterprise Institute, speech and discussion, with Frederick M. Hess, William A. Galston, Mark Schneider, and Dennis Van Roekel, March 10, 2010.

Living in Dialogue (blog), interview with Anthony Cody, March 8, 2010.

WNYC, interview on the Brian Lehrer Show, March 8, 2010.

Democracy Now, interview with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, March 5, 2010.

NRO Radio, interview with John J. Miller, March 2, 2010.

National Public Radio, "Former 'No Child Left Behind' Advocate Turns Critic," interview with Steve Inskeep, March 2, 2010.

GothamSchools, reading at the GothamSchools celebration, December 9, 2009.

Learning Matters, "Race to the Top: Podcast—Play Money," interview with John Merrow, December 3, 2009.

Learning Matters, "Privatization Will Not Help Us Achieve Our Goals," interview with John Merrow, August 4, 2009.

The Daily Show, interview with Jon Stewart about The Language Police, May 14, 2003.

National Public Radio, interview with Terri Gross about The Language Police, April 29, 2003.

C-SPAN, interview with Brian Lamb about Left Back, September 2000.

WAMU 88.5 FM, interview with Diane Rehm about Left Back, September 29, 2000.

Schedule of Events

April 10: Chicago, National School Boards Association, McCormick Place West, Room W470AB, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

April 12: Los Angeles, UCLA, with Professor Mike Rose, Covel Commons, Grand Horizon Room, 4-6 p.m.

April 14: Stanford University, with Professor Linda Darling-Hammond, Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education, 485 Lasuen Mall, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

April 15: Berkeley, University of California at Berkeley, Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

April 26: NYC, NYU Steinhardt, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (followed by reception)

April 28: Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Booker T. Washington High School Auditorium, 2501 Flora St., 7-9 p.m.

April 29: Denver, University of Colorado, Visual Arts Auditorium, Room 1B20, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

April 30: Denver, Donnell-Kay Foundation, breakfast event, Manual High School, 1700 East 28th Avenue, 8 a.m.

May 27: Columbia, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, commencement speech, details TBA

July 2: New Orleans, NEA Teacher Quality Policy Briefing, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, 12-2 p.m.

September 16: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, details TBA

September 21: New Orleans, details TBA

October 7: Williamsburg, VA, Consortium for Research on Education Accountability, details TBA

October 7: Williamsburg, VA, College of William and Mary, details TBA

October 8: Alexandria, VA, Superintendents Roundtable, details TBA

October 13: San Antonio, TX, National Council on Teacher Retirement, details TBA

October 14: Houston, TX, KIPP, Teach for America, and Rice University, details TBA

October 18: Brentwood, Long Island, NY, St. Joseph's College, Founders Day speaker, details TBA

November 4: San Diego, California Association of School Administrators, details TBA

November 12: Kansas City, Missouri NEA, details TBA

November 17: Williamsburg, VA, Virginia School Boards Association, details TBA

December 2: Boston, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 125th Annual Meeting, keynote address, Copley Plaza Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 1 p.m.

— Staff
Radical Film and Lecture Series


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