New Ravitch Book to Be Released September 17; The Progressive Launches Public School Shakedown Website Now
Diane Ravitch’s new book will be released on September 17. Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools, published by Knopf, will dispel the myths of the school reform movement, connect the dots in today’s very confusing school reform conversation filled with rhetoric and Orwellian language, and suggest what needs to be changed to improve the lives of our poorest children and preserve public education as an essential social institution.
Ravitch will be on the speaking circuit this fall. Here is the itinerary and schedule she has sent out. If she comes to your town, I assure you the lecture will be worth hearing.
In conjunction with the release of Ravitch’s book, The Progressive has launched a new website, Public School Shakedown, to expose “the behind-the-scenes effort to privatize public schools and connect public school activists nationwide.”
The Progressive has announced, “On our brand new web site, www.publicschoolshakedown.org, we are pulling together education experts, activists, bloggers, and concerned citizens around the country… Teachers understand that the attack on public education is an attack on the very heart of our democracy. Yet the “school choice” movement has succeeded in setting the terms of the conversation. To the layperson, “school choice” and “education reform” sound like benign policy goals that aim to improve children’s access to high-quality education. The time is right for a journalistic platform like The Progressive to put the pieces together.”
I urge you to read Reign of Error and also add the Public School Shakedown website to your favorites and check it regularly.