Diane Ravitch’s The Death and Life of the Great American School System
Thursday, May 27, 2010 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Cathedral of the Incarnation
Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University, a senior fellow at theBrookings Institution, and former Assistant Secretary of Education.Her best-selling, new book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, is a passionate plea to preserve and renew public education and a radical change of heart from one of America’s best-known education experts.
Drawing on over forty years of research and experience, Ravitch critiques today’s most popular ideas for restructuring schools including privatization, standardized testing and punitive accountability. She shows conclusively why the business model is not an appropriate way to improve schools. Using examples from major cities like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver and San Diego, Ravitch makes the case that public education today is in peril.
This event will be moderated by Marc Steiner— host of The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 89.9 FM. Marc Steiner is the Peabody Awardwinning host of The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.5 FM. He is President and Executive Producer of the Center for Emerging Media, a non-profit multimedia production company that produced Shared Weight, a widely-acclaimed six-part series on the Vietnam War, and Just Words, which chronicled the lives of the working poor in their own words.