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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rave review of Diane's book and Duncan visit to NYC

See the well-deserved rave review in the NY Times by Alan Wolfe of Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System.

The final, rather discouraging paragraph of Wolfe's review:

I have always relied on Ravitch’s intellectual honesty when battles become intense. And her voice is especially important now. President Obama and his secretary of education, Arne Duncan, seem determined to promote reforms relying on testing and choice, despite fresh data calling their benefits into question. I wish we could all share Ravitch’s open-mindedness in seeing what the data really tells us. Somehow, I doubt that’s what will carry the day.

Wolfe is a professor at Boston College and is said to be writing a book on "political evil."

On Tuesday at 12:45 PM, Sec. Arne Duncan will be in at Kings Collegiate Charter School with Joel Klein; 1084 Lenox Road, Brooklyn to push raising the charter cap. Article in NY Post here.

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