Diane Ravitch

Reviews and Other Press



Book Reviews

E. D. Kain, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: Part One,” Washington Examiner, February 18, 2011.

Russell Branca, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” Book/Mark.

Lance Hill, “Between the Covers of The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” Louisiana Weekly, October 26, 2010.

Paul Moses, “Course Correction,” Commonweal, September 24, 2010 (subscription required).

Dan Brown, “Diane Ravitch Knows What’s Up,” Get in the Fracas (blog), Teacher Leaders Network, August 19, 2010.

Joseph Featherstone, “Resisting Reforms: On Diane Ravitch,” The Nation, August 12, 2010.

Daniel Murphy, “Intriguing and Informative, Regardless of Your Political Stance,” posted on Amazon.com, July 20, 2010.

Luckyflame 13, “Amazing....,” posted on Amazon.com, July 17, 2010.

Jim Moore, “We Need to Be Very Worried,” posted on Amazon.com, July 11, 2010.

David Klein, book review, educational HORIZONS (Pi Lambda Theta), Summer 2010.

Richard Greenwald, “A New Lesson Plan,” Brooklyn Rail, June 2010.

Alex Standish, “Testing Times for America’s School System,” spiked, June 2010.

Joanne Barkan, “About-face: A Conservative Rethinks Education Policy,” Dissent, Spring 2010 (subscription required).

William J. Reese, “A Reformer’s Change of Heart,” Science, May 28, 2010 (subscription required).

Jane Ahlin, “‘Kill It,’ Says Former Supporter of ‘No Child Left Behind’ Law,” Inforum, May 23, 2010.

Alan Wolfe, “The Education of Diane Ravitch,” New York Times (Sunday Book Review), May 16, 2010.

Victor the Smoking Mule, “Tests, for Better or Worse, and the Mule Advisory,” Smoking Mule Review, May 13, 2010.

E. D. Hirsch, Jr., “How to Save the Schools,” book review, New York Review of Books, May 13, 2010.

Warwick Mansell, “You Should Read This Amazing Book,” Education by Numbers (blog, U.K.), May 4, 2010.

Sherman Dorn, “The Death and Life of Market-Based Reform: An Essay Review,” Education Review, April 22, 2010.

Scott Stephens, “Education Guru Diane Ravitch Reverses Herself in ‘The Death and Life of the Great American School System,’” Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 21, 2010.

Fred Bortz, “‘The Death and Life of the Great American School System’: An Indictment of Standardized Testing and School Choice,” Seattle Times, April 17, 2010.

Jeff Bale, “A School Is Not a Business,” SocialistWorker.org, April 8, 2010.

Michael Corbin, “An Education? Two Recent Books Take Hard Looks at the Current State of America’s Public Schools,” Baltimore City Paper, April 7, 2010.

Joanne Barkan, “About-face: A Conservative Rethinks Education Policy,” Dissent, Spring 2010.

Paola Scommegna, book review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 21, 2010.

Glenn C. Altschuler, “The ‘Great American School System’ Flunks Out,” NPR, March 16, 2010.

Bob Blaisdell, book review, Christian Science Monitor, March 16, 2010.

Gilbert Cruz, book review, Time, March 15, 2010.

David Glenn, “Diane Ravitch Wants the ‘Public’ Back in Public Schools,” Chronicle of Higher Education, March 14, 2010.

David L. Kirp, “The Great School Delusion,” American Prospect, March 12, 2010.

Sara Mosle, “Facing Up to Our Ignorance,” Slate, March 11, 2010.

Steve Koss, book review, NYC Public School Parents (blog), March 10, 2010.

Steve Wood, book review, Educators’ News (blog), March 9, 2010.

Robert VerBruggen, “Two New Works on Education Policy,” National Review Online, March 5, 2010.

Chester E. Finn Jr., “School’s Out,” Forbes, March 3, 2010.

Sam Dillon, “Scholar’s School Reform U-Turn Shakes Up Debate,” New York Times, March 2, 2010.

Arthur Goldstein, “Ravitch Reveals All,” GothamSchools, March 2, 2010.

Andrew Wolf, “Ravitch Offers Passionate Defense of America’s Public School System,” New York Sun, March 2, 2010.

Gary Stager, “The Book Every Educator Should Read,” Stager-to-Go (blog), March 1, 2010.

Richard D. Kahlenberg, “Re-education: Conservative Education Scholar Diane Ravitch Returns to Her Liberal Roots,” Washington Monthly, March/April 2010.

Kate Tuttle, “Little Dead Schoolhouse,” Boston Globe, February 28, 2010.

Kenneth Bernstein (teacherken), book review, Daily Kos, February 28, 2010.

Peter Schrag, book review, Los Angeles Times, February 28, 2010.

Valerie Strauss, “Why You Should Read Diane Ravitch’s New Book,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, February 26, 2010.

Library Journal, starred review, February 2010.

Commentaries About the Book or Author

Jackie Evangelista, “Heed Experience of Education Expert Ravitch,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, February 12, 2012.

Lily Eskelsen, “An International Diane Ravitch Moment?,” Lily’s Blackboard (blog), December 15, 2011.

Diana Senechal, “In Defense of Diane Ravitch,” The New Republic, December 12, 2011.

Kenneth J. Bernstein, “The Most Important Speech on Education in Years,” Daily Kos (blog), December 10, 2011.

John Thompson, “Diane Ravitch and the History That ‘Reformers’ Do Not Know,” Huffington Post, December 6, 2011.

Alex Pareene, “Thanks to You!,” Salon, November 24, 2011.

deciminyan, “Crime Spree in New Jersey,” Blue Jersey (blog), November 10, 2011.

Dianne Kaplan deVries, “Diane Ravitch on School Reform Gone Awry,” CT News Junkie (blog), November 7, 2011.

Valerie Strauss, “‘Ravitch Updates Best-selling Book on Ed Reform,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, November 3, 2011.

“Tests and Gimmicks Aren’t Solutions,” Editorial, Florida Times-Union, November 1, 2011.

Claire Lambrecht, “In Afterword, Ravitch Brings Things Up to Date,” School Book (blog), New York Times, November 1, 2011.

Nikki Dowling, “‘Crowds Turn Out for Bronx’s First-ever Education Summit,” Riverdale Press, October 20, 2011.

Kenneth Bernstein (teacherken), “Diane Ravitch at Save Our Schools”, Daily Kos, August 4, 2011.

Leonie Haimson, “Diane Ravitch’s Speech at the SOS March: We Shall Prevail!,” Parents Across America (blog), July 31, 2011.

Michael Petrilli, “All A-Twitter About Education,” Education Next, Fall, 2011.

Paul Tough, “No, Seriously: No Excuses,” New York Times Magazine, July 7, 2011.

Tracey Bouwens Douglas , “Weighing in on the Brooks/Alter/Ravitch Debate,” outside the box (blog), July 6, 2011.

Anthony Cody, “The Brooks/Ravitch Dialogue Expands,” Living in Dialogue (blog) at Education Week, July 6, 2011.

John Merrow, “David Brooks, Diane Ravitch, and the Education Wars,” Taking Note (blog), July 6, 2011.

Valerie Strauss, “‘Ravitch Rage’ – Cause, Symptoms, Treatment,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, July 5, 2011.

Adam Bessie, “Indestructible! Nothing Can Stop it! The Bubble,” The Daily Censored, July 1, 2011.

Cedar Reiner, “David Brooks: C’mon Feel That Invigorating Moral Culture, Baby!,” Cedar’s Digest (blog), July 1, 2011.

David Brooks, “Smells Like School Spirit,” The New York Times, June 30, 2011.

Tom Marshall, “Educator and Author Diane Ravitch Battles the System She Helped to Build,” St. Petersburg Times, June 9, 2011.

Michael Petrilli, “The Ends of Education Reform,” Education Next, June 7, 2011.

NYC Educator, “In Good Company,” NYC Educator (blog), June 6, 2011.

Dora Taylor, “Into the Fray: Jonathan Alter and Diane Ravitch,” Seattle Education (blog), June 6, 2011.

Martha Infante, “Not Insulted,” InterACT (blog), June 5, 2011.

Leonie Haimson, “Douglas Massey on Diane Ravitch and Jonathan Alter’s Attack,” NYC Public School Parents (blog), June 4, 2011.

Mike Klonsky, “Duncan’s Alter Boy Spearheads Personal Assault on Ravitch,” Mike Klonsky’s SmallTalk Blog, June 3, 2011.

Sabrina Stevens Shupe, “The George Burns School of Public Policy,” Failing Schools (blog), June 3, 2011.

Leonie Haimson, “In Defense of Diane Ravitch (not that she needs it!),” NYC Public School Parents (blog), June 3, 2011.

Alex Pareene, “Michael Bloomberg’s Opinion Page Goes After a Michael Bloomberg Critic,” (article in response to opinion piece below) Salon, June 3, 2011.

Jonathan Alter, “Don’t Believe Critics, Education Reform Works,” Bloomberg.com, June 3, 2011.

Valerie Strauss, “How Deceptive Is This Letter from Rhee’s Organization?” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, May 10, 2011.

John Thompson, “How Diane Ravitch Became My Intellectual Hero,” Huffington Post, May 4,2011.

Karen Francisco, “Ravitch on the ‘Corporate Reformers,’” Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, April 27, 2011.

“Diane Ravitch Slams Education Policy at CTU Lecture,” Chicago Teachers’ Union Blog, March 15, 2011.

iTeachQ, “Education Reform Symposium in My Minivan,” Daily Kos (blog), March 8, 2011.

Lori Higgins, “Education Historian Diane Ravitch Criticizes Testing, Says Poverty Hurts Student Success,” Detroit Free Press, March 7, 2011.

Dave Murray, “Diane Ravitch: Corporate-driven School Reforms Part of ‘An Age of National Stupidity,’” Grand Rapids Press, March 7, 2011.

Dave Murray, “Frustrated Teachers Say Profession is Losing Respect, They’re Treated Like Scapegoats,” Grand Rapids Press, March 7, 2011.

Jerome Wetzel, “A Defense of Education Inspired By Jon Stewart’s Interview With Diane Ravitch,” Blogcritics (Politics) (blog), March 5, 2011.

David Dayen, “Jon Stewart Turns Over Show to Oft-Neglected Side of the Education Debate,” Firedoglake (blog), March 4, 2011.

Adam Bessie, “Diane Ravitch Uncensored,” The Daily Censored (blog), March 4, 2011.

Valerie Strauss, “Jon Stewart Hosts Ravitch, Rips Critics of Teachers in Newest, Funniest Show,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, March 4, 2011.

Valerie Strauss, “The Diane Ravitch Myth,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, March 3, 2011.

Funkygal, “Diane Ravitch Strongly Defends Teachers, Once Again,” Daily Kos (blog), March 1, 2011.

E.D. Kain, “There Are No Silver-Bullets in Education Reform,” American Times (blog), Forbes, February 28, 2011.

Pam Moran, “Diane Ravitch: On Point,” 2011 Conference Blog, American Association of School Administrators, February 18, 2011.

Roger Bybee, “Race to the Bottom: Ravitch Says ‘School Reformers’ Scapecoat Teachers, Ignore Poverty,” The Indypendent, February 12, 2011.

“Diane Ravitch Takes Critics of Public Education to Task Over Education Reform,” Freeze Frame (blog published for University of Miami Faculty and Staff), January 28, 2011.

Theodora J. Kalikow, “U.S. Drive for High Test Scores Has Stifled Students’ Creativity,” Kennebec Journal, January 8, 2011.

Andrew J. Rotherham, “School of Thought: 11 Education Activists for 2011,” Time, January 6, 2011.

David Sirota, “Corporatists-Versus-Grassroots Divide Now Defines Public Education Debate,” Open Left (blog), December 23, 2010.

Leonie Haimson, “Diane Ravitch Wins the 2011 Moynihan Prize,” Huffington Post, December 21, 2010.

Dan Carpenter, “Man of Steel, Feet of Clay,” Indianapolis Star, December 7, 2010.

Jim Keogh, “Noted Author Issues Withering Assessment of Education Reform,” Clark University Alumni Newsletter, December 3, 2010.

Lisa Guisbond, “Diane Ravitch Rocked the House!,” Citizens for Public Schools (blog), December 2, 2010.

Paul Bass, “Where the Schools Debate Heads Next,” New Haven Independent, December 1, 2010.

Jonathan Alter, “A Case of Senioritis,” Newsweek, November 28, 2010.

Anna Gustafson, “Education Expert Has Suggestions for Black,” Community Newspaper Group (Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx), November 26, 2010.

Paul Bass, “Read This Book. Then Let’s Talk,” New Haven Independent, November 18, 2010.

Valerie Strauss, “What Ravitch Told KIPP and Teach for America ,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, November 17, 2010.

“Diane Ravitch: Public Education Defender Extraordinaire,” Reflections of a Math Teacher Candidate (blog), November 16, 2010.

Kevin Donnelly, “New York Schools Have Failed the Test,” The Sunday Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia, November 12, 2010.

“Who’s Up / Who’s Down?,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, November 11, 2010.

Valerie Strauss, “Has Ravitch hurt Superman’s Oscar ambitions?,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, November 4, 2010.

S.T. VanAirsdale, “Did Scorching Critic Just Derail the Waiting For ‘Superman’ Oscar Campaign?,” Movie Line (blog), November 3, 2010.

John Rummel, “Diane Ravitch: Public Education in Danger,” People’s World (blog), October 21, 2010.

“Charter Flight of Fancy,” Neighborhood Retail Alliance (blog), October 20, 2010.

Kenneth J. Bernstein, “The Myth of Charter Schools — Diane Ravitch on ‘Waiting for Superman’ and More,” Daily Kos (blog), October 19, 2010.

Emily Holleman, “The Year in Sanity: Diane Ravitch,” Salon, October 15, 2010.

Jesse Alred, “In Houston, Diane Ravitch Challenges School Reformers Face to Face,” The Examiner (web only), October 15, 2010.

Valerie Strauss, “Jon Stewart and Lewis Black Blew It on Schools,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, October 7, 2010.

Brian Dickerson, “Champion of School Choice Is Taking It All Back,” Detroit Free Press, September 26, 2010.

Nancy Flanagan, “Diane Defends Detroit,” Teacher Magazine, September 25, 2010.

Judith Nichols and William Nichols, “Money Over Mind,” Inside Higher Ed, September 23, 2010.

Marc Waxman, “Why I Don’t Believe in ‘Reform,’” Education News Colorado, September 7, 2010.

Chip Brown, “Vouchers Not the Way to Go,” Sun News, September 7, 2010.

George Vredeveld, “Why Test Scores Fail to Measure Success,” Cincinnati Enquirer, September 5, 2010.

Valerie Strauss, “The Decadeďż˝s Best Education Books?,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, September 3, 2010.

Sharon Gallagher Fishbaugh, “Children Are More than a Numbers Game,” Salt Lake Tribune, August 28, 2010.

Norm Scott, “UFT/AFT: Think Like Vichy,” Education Notes Online (blog), August 24, 2010.

Mark Gimein, “Wishful Testing: Downgrading the Too-Easy Grading of City Schools, and What That Means for Bloomberg’s Reform,” New York Magazine, August 20, 2010.

Dana Milbank, “On Education Policy, Obama Is Like Bush,” Washington Post, August 15, 2010.

Patricia Bailey and Robert Femiano, “Seattle Public Schools Wrong to Tie Teacher Evaluation to High–Stakes Tests,” Seattle Times, August 11, 2010.

Michael K. Stone, “What Counts, or What Is Counted?,” Education Week, July 22, 2010.

Lois Puglionesi, “Haverford School Officials Conduct Harrisburg ‘Book Drop,’” Delaware County News Network, July 20, 2010.

Archie E. Lapointe, “Even Galileo Changed His Mind: Diane Ravitch and the Evolution of Learning Theory,” Education Week, July 13, 2010.

Kenneth Bernstein (teacherken), “An Incredibly Important Speech on Education by Diane Ravitch,” Education Policy Blog, July 8, 2010.

Joseph A. Palermo, “Margaret Spellings, Arne Duncan—What’s the Difference?,” Huffington Post, July 7, 2010.

National Education Association, “Ravitch Blasts ‘So-Called Reforms,’” article with video of full speech, New Orleans, July 6, 2010.

National Education Association, “Diane Ravitch Receives NEA’s Friend of Education Award,” July 6, 2010.

Christine Donnelly, “A Heroine to School Teachers Blames Federal Mandates for the Fall in Educational Quality,” Star Advertiser (Honolulu), June 30, 2010.

Gary Groth, “Teacher: ‘Worst Year in the Classroom’ in Decades,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, June 18, 2010.

James Sando, “Will the Education Reformers Ever Learn?,” Philadelphia Inquirer, June 16, 2010.

“Diane Ravitch, Darling-Hammond Discuss Accountability and School Choice at Cubberley Lecture,” Stanford University School of Education News (blog), June 9, 2010.

Stanley Fish, “A Classical Education: Back to the Future,” New York Times, June 7, 2010.

Tom Chorneau, “Torlakson Wants a Different Kind of Reform,” TomTorlakson.com, June 1, 2010 (reprinted from SI&A Cabinet Report).

Editorial, “In the Thrall of the Billionaire Boys Club,” Economic Principals, May 30, 2010.

Richard Greenwald, “When Did Teachers Become the Enemy?,” In These Times, May 25, 2010.

Karen Peterson, “Schools Anchor Neighborhoods,” Albuquerque Journal, May 15, 2010 (subscription required).

Kevin D. Thompson, “Education Expert Slams School System,” Palm Beach Post, May 13, 2010.

Rebecca Levison and Steve Novick, “Education Reform: A Race to the Top—or for Fool’s Gold,” Oregonian, May 12, 2010.

Kevin D. Thompson, “Former Federal Official Now Criticizes Education Programs She Once Supported,” Palm Beach Post, May 10, 2010.

Leon Wieseltier, “Philanthrogovernment,” New Republic, May 5, 2010.

Richard Bernstein, “A Change of Heart on Education,” International Herald Tribune, May 5, 2010.

Larry Lee, Letter to Educators, May 3, 2010.

Samuel G. Freedman, “Lessons From Catholic Schools for Public Educators,” New York Times, April 30, 2010.

The Reflective Educator, “It’s All Been Done Before!,” An Urban Teacher’s Education (blog), April 29, 2010.

Patrick Michels, “Education Guru to Dallas Teachers: In School Reform, ‘There Are No Miracles,’” Dallas Observer Blogs, April 29, 2010.

Jeremy P. Meyer, “National Critic to Weigh In on Colorado’s Controversial Teacher-Assessment Bill,” Denver Post, April 28, 2010.

Valerie Strauss, “Straight Talk About Charter Schools,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, April 24, 2010.

Luther Spoehr, “Educator’s About-Face Surely Contains Many Truths,” Providence Journal, April 18, 2010.

Dave Haney, “Ex-Education Aide: No Child Left Behind Is a Failure,” Journal Star (Peoria), April 16, 2010.

Valerie Strauss, “When School Reform Made Teachers Sick—Literally,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, April 15, 2010.

Eric Dunn, “Ravitch Critiques Education Reform,” Stanford Daily, April 15, 2010.

Joetta Sack, “Ravitch Describes Her Change of Heart,” School Board News Today, April 10, 2010.

Stephanie Schorow, “Schools May Flunk Testing: Education Critic Says Accountability Strictures Go Too Far,” Harvard Gazette, April 7, 2010.

NYCee, “Ravitch: ‘Obama taking Bush policies to greater extreme,’” Daily Kos, April 3, 2010.

Konrad Yakabuski, “A Teachable Moment for American Schools,” Globe and Mail, April 01, 2010.

Gabe Pressman, “Teaching to the Test and Charter Schools Won’t Help Kids: Expert,” NBC New York, March 31, 2010.

Karen Francisco, “Public School Reform, Reconsidered,” Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN), March 28, 2010.

Alan J. Borsuk, “Former School Choice Advocate Does a 180,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 27, 2010.

Public School Forum of North Carolina, “Friday Report ‘Must Read’ Recommendation,” March 26, 2010.

Diana Senechal, “Diane Ravitch Didn’t Make a U-Turn,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, March 25, 2010.

John Thompson, “Good Intentions vs. Good Results,” Alexander Russo’s This Week in Education, March 23, 2010.

Valerie Strauss, “Ravitch’s NCLB Book an Unexpected Best Seller,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, March 23, 2010.

Nancy Flanagan, “The Slippery Slope,” Teacher in a Strange Land (blog), Education Week, March 21, 2010.

Sara Stevenson, letter to the Wall Street Journal, March 18, 2010.

Andrew Sullivan, “Leave NCLB Behind? Ctd,” The Atlantic, March 18, 2010.

Diane Ravitch, Richard Rothstein, Ben Wildavsky, Andrew Rotherham, Kevin Carey, Nelson Smith, “Has Education Reform Gone Too Far/Is Education on the Wrong Track? A TNR Symposium,“ New Republic, March 15-21, 2010. (View part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5.)

Daniel T. Willingham, “Willingham on School Choice,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, March 15, 2010.

Frank T. Pool, “The Apostate of Education, Diane Ravitch,” Longview News-Journal, March 14, 2010.

Dennis Pierce, “Critics: Obama’s Ed Policies No Better than Bush’s,” eSchool News, March 12, 2010.

Greg Toppo, “Scholar Diane Ravitch: ‘We've Lost Sight’ of Schools’ Goal,” USA Today, March 9, 2010.

Jay Mathews, “Ravitch, Unpredictable, Still Likes NCLB Basics,” Class Struggle (blog), Washington Post, March 9, 2010.

Clive McFarlane, “A Change of Heart on No Child,” Telegram.com (Worcester Telegram & Gazette), March 8, 2010.

Daytona Beach News-Journal, “The Ravitch Test,” editorial, March 8, 2010.

Las Vegas Sun, “Teaching Our Children,” editorial, March 8, 2010.

Kevin Anthony Stoda, “Obama Is Not Even Trying to Be an Education President,” OpEdNews.com, March 7, 2010.

Scott Eblin, “What Are We Incenting?,” GovernmentExecutive.com, March 5, 2010.

Debra Viadero, “In New Book, Ravitch Recants Long-Held Beliefs,” Education Week, March 4, 2010.

Maureen Downey, “Diane Ravitch: Education Has Become Search And Destroy Mission and Teachers Are Often the Targets,” Get Schooled (blog), Atlanta Journal-Consitution, March 5, 2010.

Valerie Strauss, “Race to the Top Finalists and the ‘Ick’ Factor,” The Answer Sheet (blog), Washington Post, March 4, 2010.

Danny Westneat, “Firings No Answer for Schools,” Seattle Times, March 3, 2010.

Alan Gottlieb, “Ravitch Is Right... and Wrong,” Huffington Post, March 2, 2010.

Robert Pondiscio, “Diane Ravitch: A Prophet Without Honor,” The Core Knowledge Blog, February 26, 2010.

Nick Anderson, “Business Principles Won’t Work for School Reform, Former Supporter Ravitch Says,” Washington Post, February 26, 2010.


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