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I originally read this in hardcover and found Ravitch gives a detailed, well-thought-out and valuable critique of new "educational initiative." However, the highest credit goes to Eliza Foss who is superb at narrating a relatively dry text, filled with facts, statistics, etc. I am impressed at how well she aries her voice and holds the listeners interest in the fact based non-fiction work.
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If you could sum up The Death and Life of the Great American School System in three words, what would they be?
Realistic, Refreshing, Thought-provoking
What did you like best about this story?
Exposing the politics of education, sharing the important role that demographics play in learning, describing the real-life challenges that educators face, the sequence of the story.
Which scene was your favorite?
The chapters on District 1 in NYC and the part about the failure of the San Diego public schools that recruited the business person to be their superintendent.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The author's admission that she was caught up in the accountability movement associated with NCLB and her revelation that the system is flawed and that it disadvantages low-wealth schools.
Any additional comments?
Great book for policy makers and educators!
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