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Topic - Diane Ravitch
Everyone from President Obama to Sen. Rand Paul agrees: education reform is the "civil rights issue of our time." Americans today view education reformers with the same degree of moral deference we give to the civil rights reformers of the 1960s. Folks imagine that our starry-eyed Teachers For America (TFA) are shock troops in the war for social justice, that our charter schools are no longer letting poverty be an excuse and that the Department of Education is unleashing an unprecedented wave of entrepreneurship to close the achievement gap.
A new book by Diane Ravitch, one of the leading voices behind the reform and testing regime that culminated in No Child Left Behind, now argues we got it all wrong.
Younger students have made significant gains in their knowledge of history in recent years, but American high school seniors' grasp of the nation's past has shown virtually no improvement in the past two decades, according to a major new national survey.
In a talk to educators and community leaders here the day after she delivered a similar message to the issues forum, she described North Carolina as "a place right now where educators aren't respected."
'These attacks,' she writes, 'create a false sense of crisis and serve the interests of those who want to privatize the public schools.' In Ms. Ravitch's telling, these interests represent not reform but a new status quo in education, one created by a vast bipartisan alliance encompassing everyone from the American Legislative Exchange Council to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to the Bezos Foundation, from the