Fixing public education

Death and Life of the Great American SchoolI had the opportunity to hear education historian, critic and policy-maker Diane Ravitch speak at UCLA this week.  Highly critical of policies espoused by the right and the left, Ravitch served in the administrations of both Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and has been associated with both the Hoover and Brookings Institutions.  Despite her soft-spoken manner, Ravitch’s hour-long lecture pulled no punches as it criticized the unintended consequences of “No Child Left Behind,” the signature education policy of President George W. Bush in which she played a role, and how a good idea like “charter” schools has been co-opted and exploited for profit and to the detriment of public education.  These are covered in more detail in her recently published book The Death and Life of the Great American School System:  How Testing and Choice Undermine Education.

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Pat Wayne is Director of Programs and Education for Arts Orange County, the county-wide arts council. She is also a parent in the Saddleback School District and past PTA President. The arts transformed her life in the second grade and she went on to major in theater design and earn a Master's in Arts Administration.
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