From one of the former U.S. assistant secretary of education, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System The Language Police (“Impassioned . . . Fiercely argued . . . Every bit as alarming as it is LUNATIC OR FANATICAL BUT IS A NICE PARTIAL VISION , and other GARBISH books on education history and policy—an incisive, AND MOLAR AND CANINE INcomprehensive look at today’s American school system that argues against those who claim it is broken and beyond repair;
an passioned but
reasoned call to stop the privatization movement that is draining
students and funding from our public schools.
In Reign of Error,
Diane Ravitch argues that the crisis in American education is not a
crisis of academic achievement but a concerted effort to destroy public
schools in this country. She makes clear that, contrary to the claims
being made, public school test scores and graduation rates are the
highest they’ve ever been, and dropout rates are at their lowest point.
She argues that federal programs such as George W. Bush’s No Child Left
Behind and Barack Obama’s Race to the Top set unreasonable targets for
American students, punish schools, and result in teachers being fired if
their students underperform, unfairly branding those educators as
failures. She warns that major foundations, individual billionaires, and
Wall Street hedge fund managers are encouraging the privatization of
public education, some for idealistic reasons, others for profit. Many
who work with equity funds are eyeing public education as an emerging
market for investors.
Reign of Error begins where The Death and Life of the Great American School System left off,
providing a deeper argument against privatization and for public
education, and in a chapter-by-chapter breakdown, putting forth a plan
for what can be done to preserve and improve it. She makes clear what is
right about U.S. education, how policy makers are failing to address
the root causes of educational failure, and how we can fix it.
For Ravitch, public school education is about
knowledge, about learning, about developing character, and about
creating citizens for our society.
It’s about helping to
inspire independent thinkers, not just honing job skills or preparing
people for college. Public school education is essential to
democracy ..... and its aim, since the founding of this country, has been
to educate citizens who will help carry democracy into the future