Diane Ravitch
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"Diane Silvers Ravitch" is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development/Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Previously, she was a United States/U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education.

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When you realize that your history books and your science books and your literature books are not the result of experts sitting down and making it a wise decision, but of political pressure groups coming to the state textbook hearings, this is wrong.

The greatest obstacle to those who hope to reform American education is complacency.

If the contract is centered around more time for the kids, but the kids don't have to show up, it doesn't make sense.

The middle kids are the ones who are lost - they tend to be forgotten by federal policy. The mediocrity of which everyone complains is what [middle students] are most likely to suffer from, and without the push and the prod to achieve, they won't make it.

Removing books from the library is a no-no.

It's an interesting development, and I would hope that the chancellor would take heed.

These stats are meaningless in the absence of a common test and common standards.

Of course, all students should learn African history, as they should learn the history of other continents and major civilizations. But this history should be taught accurately and based on the best scholarship, not ideology or politics.