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Diane RavitchThe nation’s most visible defender of public education has a worth-your-time column at The Huffington Post this morning entitled: “Understanding the Propaganda Campaign Against Public Education.”

According to Diane Ravitch, privatization advocates are fomenting fear, uncertainty and doubt (“FUD”) in order to advance their cause:

“FUD was pioneered decades ago. Now public education is the target, and privatizing it is the goal. I hope Professor Proctor [who has studied the propaganda strategy] turns his attention to this issue, where a well-funded propaganda campaign seeks to spread enough doubt to destroy an essential Democratic institution.

There is no evidence from any other nation that replacing a public system with a privatized choice system produces anything but social, economic, and racial segregation.”

Read Ravitch’s entire column by clicking here. You can follow her on Twitter by clicking here and check out her website and new book by clicking here.

 

 

Diane RavitchEducation policy guru Diane Ravitch was putting the finishing touches on her new book (“Reign of Error”) when she visited Raleigh earlier this year to address a couple of hundred people at an NC Policy Watch luncheon.  Now the book is out and from the looks of this excerpt at Salon.com, she pulls no punches in describing the battle in which we are engaged. Here’s the headline Salon chose:

Diane Ravitch: School privatization is a hoax, “reformers” aim to destroy public schools

Our public schools aren’t in decline. And “reformers” with wild promises don’t care about education — just profits

Read the extended excerpt by clicking here.

 

Diane RavitchDiane Ravitch, the nation’s leading spokesperson for preserving public education has some scathing words for the latest developments in North Carolina’s education wars. The post is entitled “North Carolina: Public Schools and Students Endangered by Radical Agenda” and it lists the bills to introduce vouchers, reduce teacher due process rights, slash pre-K, and  increase class sizes.

The post also includes the following less-than-ringing endorsement of Governor McCrory’s new education advisor: Read More

In case you missed last week’s NC Policy Watch luncheon with Diane Ravitch, you can still watch it by clicking here. You can also read Ned Barnett’s column in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer in which the veteran journalist summarizes the hard truths Ravitch spelled out as she dismantled the “reform” plans of North Carolina’s Senate leader Phil Berger. Read More

Diane RavitchWe’ve had to move this Thursday’s very special NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation luncheon with Diane Ravitch to a larger-than-usual space to accommodate the demand for seats (we’ll be in Venture Hall at Marbles Kids Museum – which is in the IMAX Theatre Building) but fortunately, this move has freed up some extra space so you still have time to RSVP!  

Don’t miss out on this chance to hear from America’s most important defender of public education at this critical time.

Click here to register

When: Thursday, March 21, at 12:00 p.m. — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh.

Cost: $10 – includes box lunch.

Space is limited — pre-registration required.

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com.