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Diane Ravitch
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Diane Ravitch is a historian of education and Research Professor of Education at New York University and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She was assistant secretary in charge of research in the U.S. Department of Education in the administration of President George H. W. Bush and was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by President Bill Clinton. The author of seven previous books on education, including the critically acclaimed Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Language Police
How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn
Written by Diane Ravitch


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $16.00

Before Anton Chekhov and Mark Twain can be used in school readers and exams, they must be vetted by a bias and sensitivity committee. An anthology used in Tennessee schools changed “By God!” to “By gum!” and “My God!” to “You don’t mean it.” The New York State Education Department omitted... Read more >
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The Language Police
How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn
Written by Diane Ravitch


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

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Reign of Error
The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools
Written by Diane Ravitch


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 26, 2014
Price: $16.95

From one of the foremost authorities on education in the United States, former U.S. assistant secretary of education, an incisive, comprehensive look at today’s American school system that argues against those who claim it is broken and beyond repair; an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the privatization movement that is... Read more >
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Reign of Error
The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools
Written by Diane Ravitch


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $27.95

From one of the foremost authorities on education in the United States, former U.S. assistant secretary of education, “whistle-blower extraordinaire” (The Wall Street Journal), author of the best-selling The Death and Life of the Great American School System (“Important and riveting”—Library Journal), The Language Police (“Impassioned. . . . Fiercely argued... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Reign of Error
The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools
Written by Diane Ravitch


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $12.99

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Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.
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