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The death and life of the great American school system : how testing and choice are undermining education

Author: Diane Ravitch
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2010.
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Award-winning author, public intellectual, and former Assistant Secretary of Education, critiques a lifetime's worth of school reforms and reveals the simple, yet difficult, truth about how we can create actual change in public schools. A passionate plea to preserve and renew public education, this work is a radical change of heart from one of America's best known education experts. The author, a leader in the drive  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Ravitch
ISBN: 9780465014910 0465014917
OCLC Number: 435418514
Description: x, 283 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: What I learned about school reform --
Hijacked!: how the standards movement turned into the testing movement --
The transformation of district 2 --
Lessons from San Diego --
The business model in New York City --
NCLB: measure and punish --
Choice: the story of an idea --
The trouble with accountability --
What would Mrs. Ratliff do? --
The billionaire boys' club --
Lessons learned.
Responsibility: Diane Ravitch.

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