In this interview with C-SPAN's Brian Lamb, education historian Diane Ravitch discusses her authoritative account of American education reforms in this century, Left Back: A Century of Failed School Reforms
. Ravitch explodes pervasive myths of how American schools developed in the last hundred years. By walking through the history of progressive education reforms and the bad consequences that follow them, Ravitch makes a compelling case that our schools fail when they consistently ignore their central purpose - teaching knowledge. (Broadcast Date: October 8, 2000)
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