Reign of Error

Reign of Error

The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools

Book - 2013
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"From the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, "whistleblower extraordinaire" (The Wall Street Journal), one of the foremost authorities on education and the history of education in the United States, author of the best-selling The Death and Life of the Great American School System; The Language Police ("Impassioned . . . Fiercely argued . . . Every bit as alarming as it is illuminating" --The New York Times); and the now-classic Great School Wars: A History of the New York City Public Schools--an incisive, comprehensive look at today's American public schools that argues persuasively against those who claim our public school system is broken, beyond repair, and obsolete; an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the rising "privatization movement" draining students--and funding--from our public schools, a book that puts forth a detailed plan of what needs to happen to schools and with public policy to insure the survival of this American institution so basic to our democracy"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385350884
Branch Call Number: 379.3 Ra
Description: xii, 396 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Sep 25, 2018

There is little I can add to the previous comments, except to note that I am a liberal who strongly objected to Obama's Race To The Top. Being a liberal does not imply blind support of any Democrat, witness Bill Clinton's Third Way, which no liberal could support.

Jul 27, 2017

Diane Ravitch, who served in both the Bush 1 and Clinton administrations, is one of the fiercest defenders of public education and one of the sharpest critics of the challenges facing it, namely privatization, anti-union efforts, increased testing, and the influx of activist donor money (like the Gates Foundation and the Walton family). Chances are, if you're reading this, you're sympathetic to public education, one of the great features of our democracy. I'm a teacher and the son of teachers, so she's preaching to the choir here. Unfortunately, I doubt the people who consistently attack teachers and unions will read this. Maybe Betsy DeVos should pick up a copy. Liberals may be a little taken aback at her criticisms of the Obama administration, who instituted the so-called Race to the Top program. Also check out her book "The Death and LIfe of the Great American School System" and Dana Goldstein's "The Teacher Wars."

Jan 02, 2014

Required reading for legislators, school board members, and Arne Duncan. Highly recommended reading for parents, teachers, and anyone who cares about the future of our nation. This book deftly exposes the hoaxes of the so-call education "reform" movement with irrefutable statistics and research.

Dec 13, 2013

[Update 3/15: A short time ago the Gates Foundation awarded a grant to Cornell University to propagandize on behalf of GMOs. Whether commodifying education, or food, it's all about privatization!] A great book, albeit a bit too low-key for this ancient radical. Ravitch explains fundamentally how they are defunding public education, while redirecting taxpayer monies to private sector profit, the underlying foundation of everything regarding privatization today in America! Amazing that President Obama would make such a hypocritical speech at the funeral for Nelson Mandela, while just a year or so ago the president, on national television, publicly lauded the mass firing of every teacher in a Chicago high school, ostensibly because of the so-called behavior of just several teachers there! (All those teachers were later reinstated when they won a wrongful termination lawsuit!) All for the sleazy privatization - - or defunding - - of the American school system, and destruction of the few remaining unions around today, the teachers' unions. [Everytime an EB5 visa person comes here, the money spent on their visa is directed into charter schools fund.]


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