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Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools | [Diane Ravitch]

Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools

Diane Ravitch, America's foremost historian of education, says that public education in the United States is one of the pillars of our democratic society. In this eloquent book, she explains that our public schools have been wrongly criticized for low achievement, when federal data show that test scores and graduation rates are at their highest point in history - for black students, Hispanic students, white students, and Asian students - and dropout rates are at their lowest point in history.
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Diane Ravitch, America's foremost historian of education, says that public education in the United States is one of the pillars of our democratic society. In this eloquent book, she explains that our public schools have been wrongly criticized for low achievement, when federal data show that test scores and graduation rates are at their highest point in history - for black students, Hispanic students, white students, and Asian students - and dropout rates are at their lowest point in history.

But for 30 years and even longer, critics have wrongly claimed that the public schools are failing, and this mistaken narrative has set the stage for harmful, even disastrous federal legislation and programs.

George W. Bush's No Child Left behind law was passed with bipartisan support, allowing the federal government to impose testing on every child in every school. This is a practice unknown in other nations in the world. NCLB set impossible goals - that 100% of children would be proficient by the year 2014 - and many beloved public schools have been closed because they could not do the impossible.

This powerful book challenges a stale and failed status quo. It will give you fresh and important insights about the future of public education and the future of our society.

©2013 Diane Ravitch (P)2013 ChuHartley Publishers LLC

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    Would you try another book from Diane Ravitch and/or Eliza Foss?

    NO. Although I agree with her ideas, Ravitch repeats too much. Needs tightening up.


    What didn’t you like about Eliza Foss’s performance?

    Ravitch's views were already biased and Foss's performance was so biased and overdone. I finally had to finish reading it with an ebook version.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first time I have felt the reader got in the way of the author's ideas.

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    John L. Yates Henderson, Nevada 01-26-14
    John L. Yates Henderson, Nevada 01-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    Where does Reign of Error rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like what the author had to say.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's story.


    Did Eliza Foss do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I felt that she was too biased. She did not allow the reader to make their own assumptions. Instead she used voice inflection and tone to demonstrate how the reader should be interpreting the story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    What did you like best about Reign of Error? What did you like least?

    The points were well made. A good look at different things plaguing the educational system today.

    That being said, the author repeated herself quite a bit and got a bit preachy at times.


    What could Diane Ravitch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More concise writing.


    Was Reign of Error worth the listening time?

    If it was cut in half it would have been great.


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