Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, will discuss her most recent book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, as she kicks off the George T. Hunter Lecture Series on Tuesday, September 18. 

Diane Ravitch

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. at the Roland Hayes Concert Hall in the UTC Fine Arts Center, located at the corner of Vine and Palmetto Streets.  This event is free and open to the public.

Ravitch makes the case that public education today is in peril. Drawing on more than 40 years of research and experience, Ravitch critiques today’s most popular ideas for restructuring schools, including privatization, standardized testing, punitive accountability, and the multiplication of charter schools. She offers a clear prescription to improve American public schools.

As Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander from 1991 to 1993, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards. She currently shares a blog called Bridging Differences with Deborah Meier, hosted by Education Week, and also blogs for Politico.com and The Huffington Post.

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