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Ravitch, Diane

Works: 123 works in 429 publications in 2 languages and 36,981 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Case studies  Dictionaries  Reference works  Conference papers and proceedings  Cross-cultural studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: LA209.2, 370.973
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Most widely held works by Diane Ravitch
The death and life of the great American school system : how testing and choice are undermining education by Diane Ravitch( Book )

22 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 2,811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 to create a national curriculum, examines her career in education reform and repudiates positions that she once staunchly advocated. Drawing on over forty years of research and experience, she critiques today's most popular ideas for restructuring schools, including privatization, standardized testing, punitive accountability, and the feckless multiplication of charter schools. She shows conclusively why the business model is not an appropriate way to improve schools. Using examples from major cities like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, and San Diego, she makes the case that public education today is in peril. She includes clear prescriptions for improving America's schools: leave decisions about schools to educators, not politicians or businessmen ; devise a truly national curriculum that sets out what children in every grade should be learning ; expect charter schools to educate the kids who need help the most, not to compete with public schools ; pay teachers a fair wage for their work, not "merit pay" based on deeply flawed and unreliable test scores ; encourage family involvement in education from an early age. This book is an analysis of the state of play of the American education system
The language police : how pressure groups restrict what students learn by Diane Ravitch( Book )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 2,351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that the anti-bias and sensitivity guidelines promoted by the Left and the Right exert so much force on educational publishers that the resulting modified and censored student materials are reduced to bland and boring texts
The troubled crusade : American education, 1945-1980 by Diane Ravitch( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 1994 in English and held by 1,883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive history of controversies in American education since World War II clarifies the issues involved and the social and political forces that have shaped present-day American education
Reign of error : the hoax of the privatization movement and the danger to America's public schools by Diane Ravitch( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, "whistleblower extraordinaire" (The Wall Street Journal), one of the foremost authorities on education and the history of education in the United States, author of the best-selling The Death and Life of the Great American School System; The Language Police ("Impassioned ... Fiercely argued ... Every bit as alarming as it is illuminating"--The New York Times); and the now-classic Great School Wars: A History of the New York City Public Schools--an incisive, comprehensive look at today's American public schools that argues persuasively against those who claim our public school system is broken, beyond repair, and obsolete; an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the rising "privatization movement" draining students--and funding--from our public schools, a book that puts forth a detailed plan of what needs to happen to schools and with public policy to insure the survival of this American institution so basic to our democracy"--
Left back : a century of failed school reforms by Diane Ravitch( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Left Back recounts grandiose efforts by education reformers to use the schools to promote social and political goals, even when they diminished the schools' ability to educate children. It shows how generations of reformers have engaged in social engineering, advocating such innovations as industrial education, intelligence testing, curricular differentiation, and life-adjustment education. These reformers, she demonstrates, simultaneously mounted vigorous campaigns against academic studies." "In describing the wars between competing traditions of education, Ravitch points the way to reviving American education. She argues that all students have the capacity to learn and that all are equally deserving of a solid liberal arts education. Left Back addresses issues of the utmost importance and urgency. It is a large work of history that by recovering the past illuminates a future."--Jacket
What do our 17-year-olds know? : a report on the first national assessment of history and literature by Diane Ravitch( Book )

8 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 1,653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A report on the results of a test of 17-year-olds' knowledge of history and literature in the United States
School : the story of American public education by Sheila Curran Bernard( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1,632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published to coincide with the PBS special on public education, this collection of writings by the nation's most renowned historians of education chronicles the story of America's grand experiment in public education
The schools we deserve : reflections on the educational crises of our times by Diane Ravitch( Book )

7 editions published between 1985 and 1993 in English and held by 1,227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great school wars : New York City, 1805-1973; a history of the public schools as battlefield of social change by Diane Ravitch( Book )

17 editions published between 1974 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

National standards in American education : a citizen's guide by Diane Ravitch( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 1,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ravitch asserts that raising standards is about raising the achievement levels not only of the best students, but of all students. She suggests that deciding what children should learn is the first step toward achieving this goal. National standards should not discredit unorthodox educational programs or dictate instructional methods, however. Ravitch makes recommendations regarding the role of states in setting standards for schools and districts, the role of institutions of higher learning and business in promoting standards, and the role of assessments in maintaining standards. Ravitch contends that a system of standards and assessments, no matter how reliable, will not solve all the problems of American education, but it will help to get the teaching and learning parts of the educational system right. Ultimately the improvement of American education depends on widespread cultural support for educational achievement
The English reader : what every literate person needs to know( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: In this sequel to the best-selling The American Reader, mother-and-son team Diane and Michael Ravitch have gathered together the best and most memorable poems, essays, songs, and orations in English history, capturing in one compact volume writings that have shaped not only England, but democratic culture around the globe. Here are words that changed the world, words that inspired revolutions as well as lovers, dreamers, and singers, words that every educated person once knew-and should know today. Framed by two inspiring speeches-Queen Elizabeth before the invasion of the Spanish Armada and Winston Churchill during the dark days of World War II-the book features work by William Wordsworth and W.H. Auden, Thomas Hobbes and John Stuart Mill, Mary Wollstonecraft and Virginia Woolf, Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, and many other extraordinary writers. Readers will find ardent love poems such as Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd To His Love" and Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" We also find more philosophical works such as Yeat's "The Second Coming" and Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach." There are excerpts from Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, Walter Pater and John Ruskin, Edmund Burke and Thomas Carlyle, and other influential thinkers. In addition, the book includes song lyrics ranging from "Greensleeves" to "Rule, Britannia," and works that, though not considered classics, were immensely popular in their day and capture the spirit of an era, such as W.E. Henley's "Invictus" ("I am the master of my fate: / I am the captain of my soul"). The editors also provide brief, fascinating biographies of each writer. An exquisite gift, The English Reader offers the best of the best-the soaring language and seminal ideas that fired the imagination of the English-speaking world
Against mediocrity : the humanities in America's high schools( Book )

4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making good citizens : education and civil society by Diane Ravitch( Book )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kid stuff : marketing sex and violence to America's children( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Kid Stuff, Diane Ravitch and Joseph P. Viteritti bring together experts in media studies, child psychology, and public health to assess the dangers posed by "tox pop" to American society. Drawing on thirty years of research, the contributors find convincing evidence that such "entertainment" can harm children and teenagers, despite the self-serving denials of the media industry. Balancing concerns for the welfare of children with respect for the First Amendment, Kid Stuff furthers the ongoing dialogue about how a democratic society can protect its children from the pernicious extremes of popular media."--Jacket
New schools for a new century : the redesign of urban education( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, distinguished scholars discuss recent controversial innovations - charter schools, contracting arrangements, and choice - designed to liberate educators from burdensome bureaucratic controls and raise the level of opportunity for all children. The authors focus on the problems in cities, where far too many children have been denied access to quality institutions. Various essays explore the lessons to be learned from Catholic schools, site-based management, and private entrepreneurs, as well as specific developments in three cities - New York, Milwaukee, and Chicago. The contributors, though realistic about the political and institutional obstacles that stand in the way of meaningful change, foresee the demise of the "one size fits all" approach to schooling. They envision a system of schools that is dynamic, diverse, performance-based, and accountable - one that is supportive of professionals, responsive to creativity, intolerant of failure, and committed to high educational standards for all children
The revisionists revised : a critique of the radical attack on the schools by Diane Ravitch( Book )

10 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edspeak : a glossary of education terms, phrases, buzzwords, and jargon by Diane Ravitch( Book )

12 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Every profession has its own language. Education is no exception and like other professions, the language of education is often incomprehensible to those outside the field. This book is the author's attempt to explain in everyday language the esoteric terms, expressions, and buzzwords used in U.S. education today.--[from preface]
City schools : lessons from New York by Diane Ravitch( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text brings together contributors for an in-depth look at the nation's largest school system. Topics covered include the changing demographics of city schools, the impending teacher shortage, reading instruction, special education, bilingual education, school governance, charter schools, choice, school finance reform and the role of teacher unions. The book also provides perspectives on Catholic schools, Jewish day schools and historically black independent schools
Brookings papers on education policy, 1999( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

Ravič, Dajen

Ravitch, Diane Silvers 1938-

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ラヴィッチ, ダイアン

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The language police : how pressure groups restrict what students learnThe troubled crusade : American education, 1945-1980Left back : a century of failed school reformsSchool : the story of American public educationThe schools we deserve : reflections on the educational crises of our timesThe great school wars : New York City, 1805-1973; a history of the public schools as battlefield of social changeNational standards in American education : a citizen's guideThe English reader : what every literate person needs to know