Historian of Education Diane Ravitch to lecture about public schools Oct. 8

Diane Ravitch
Diane Ravitch

Aug. 22, 2014 - Diane Ravitch, a research professor of education at New York University, will lecture and discuss her latest book, "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools," at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Burt Kahn Court on the Mount Carmel Campus. This event, which is part of Quinnipiac's Campus Cross Talk Series, is free and open to the public.

In her new book, Ravitch argues that the crisis in American education is not a crisis of academic achievement, but of the destruction of public schools across the country. The story begins where her previous book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System," left off. "Reign of Error" experienced immediate success, landing in the number 10 spot on the New York Times bestseller list.

Drawing on her more than 40 years of research and experience, Ravitch has become a champion for public schools across the country. She offers critiques of today's most popular ideas for restructuring schools, including privatization, standardized testing, punitive accountability, and the multiplication of charter schools, and offers a prescription for improving American public schools.

Beyond academia, Ravitch has made a name for herself in politics as well. 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. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As assistant secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards.

Ravitch will sign copies of her book following her lecture. For more information, call 203-582-8652.

The Campus Cross Talk series is a year-long array of events that engage students and faculty in discussions on topics related to a central theme.