Loud Voice Fighting Tide of New Trend in Education

By Motoko Rich
Published September 10, 2013, in The New York Times
Diane Ravitch made her name in the 1970s as a historian chronicling the role of public schools in American social mobility. In the 1990s, she went to work in the Bush administration’s Education Department, where she pushed for a rejection of 1960s relativism and a return to basics and standards. Now Ms. Ravitch, 75, has come to doubt the whole project of school reform, saying it will solve little without addressing poverty and segregation. “We know what works,” she writes. “What works are the opportunities that advantaged families provide for their children.” Read the story.