The Michael D. Eisner College of Education of California State University, host of the "Education on the Edge" speaker series, announces that controversial public education supporter Diane Ravitch will be speaking at the Northridge Center, University Student Union on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 7:00-8:00pm.
Noted celebrity and supporter of public education in America Matt Damon will introduce the former Assistant Secretary of Education and author of the best-seller The Death and Life of the Great American School, Diane Ravitch, Ph.D.
Damon, a staunch defender of teachers and public education, is lending his star power to help get Ravitch’s message out to the public.
Dr. Ravitch will be speaking on her controversial new book, The Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools. Reign of Error is currently on Amazon’s bestseller list for Politics and Social Sciences as well as Education Reform and Policy.
According to the official press release, In Reign of Error, Diane Ravitch argues that the crisis in American education is not a crisis of academic achievement but a concerted effort to destroy public schools in this country. She makes clear that, contrary to the claims being made, public school test scores and graduation rates are the highest they’ve ever been, and dropout rates are at their lowest point.
She argues that federal programs such as George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind and Barack Obama’s Race to the Top set unreasonable targets for American students, punish schools, and result in teachers being fired if their students underperform, unfairly branding those educators as failures. She warns that major foundations, individual billionaires, and Wall Street hedge fund managers are encouraging the privatization of public education, some for idealistic reasons, others for profit. Many who work with equity funds are eyeing public education as an emerging market for investors.
Ravitch’s famous battle cry is “Follow the money!” She routinely uses her popular blog to stand up to state politicians and corporate entities such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Teach For America, and Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst, stating that the current state of education reform harms students and teachers, makes money for corporations like Pearson and politically-connected charter schools, and steals personal data from students via endless testing and data mining.
Ravitch’s message is that if America doesn’t wake up soon to the impending education disaster, than the reformists will succeed in their ultimate goal to destroy public education in the name of profits, deregulation of the teaching unions, and personal attacks on the teaching profession.
This speaking event is FREE. Register online at http://CTLevents.eventbright.com Note: Parking passes are required and may be purchased for $6 at any campus information booth.
California State University, Northridge is a vibrant, diverse university community of nearly 36,000 students and more than 4,000 faculty and staff, sited on a 356-acre campus in the heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.
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