Diane Ravitch, a 1960 Wellesley College alum, will return to the school on Oct. 22 at 7:30pm for a free public lecture at Alumnae Hall on her plan for how to preserve and strengthen public education, and why it needs to be done now. She will talk about how testing and privatization are damaging children, teachers, schools, and communities, and threatening public education as a common good. If you can’t make the event in person but are interested, a live stream will be available here.
Ravitch is a leading national advocate for public schools and ranked at the top of Education Week’s 2015 list of influential public scholars. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education and Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement, and many other books and articles on education history and policy, and of a popular blog. Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University, and from 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.