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Book Talk with Diane Ravitch


by Diane Ravitch, Richard Heffner, David M. Ment & Cally L. Waite — October 27, 2001

For the past one hundred years, Americans have argued and worried about the quality of their schools. Some charged that students were not learning enough, while others complained that the schools were not furthering social progress. In Left Back, education historian Diane Ravitch describes this ongoing battle of ideas and explains why school reform has so often disappointed.

Richard Heffner moderates a book talk led by Diane Ravitch with discussion by David M. Ment and Cally L. Waite. The full text of the talk along with the audio presentation will be available shortly after the talk.

At present, we do not have the full-text of this article in digital format.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 27, 2001
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10841, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 10:09:10 AM

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  • Diane Ravitch
    New York University
    DIANE RAVITCH is a research professor at New York University and a senior fellow and holder of The Herman and George R. Brown Chair at the Brookings Institution. Her areas of expertise include elementary and secondary education policy, standards, and the history of American education. Recent publications include Left Back: A Century of Failed School Reforms, the annual Brookings Papers on Education Policy, and "Broken Promises: What the Federal Government Can Do to Improve Education," (with Tom Loveless) in Brookings Review, Spring 2000.
  • Richard Heffner
    Rutgers University
    In 1956 Richard D. Heffner inaugurated The Open Mind, the prize-winning weekly television program which he produces and moderates, and which is seen on public broadcasting stations around the country. In 1961, while on leave from CBS, Mr. Heffner played a leading role in the acquisition and activation of WNET/Channel 13, becoming its founding General Manager. He is University Professor of Communications and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he began to teach in 1948. For twenty years (1974 to 1994), Mr. Heffner served as Chairman of the Board and Administrator of the motion picture industry's voluntary film classification and rating system. Trained as an American historian, Mr. Heffner is the author of A Documentary History of the United States, the editor of Alexis de Tocqueville's classic Democracy In America, and in the Fall of 2001 published his latest book, a collaboration, entitled Conversations With Elie Wiesel. He and his wife, Dr. Elaine Heffner, have homes in New York City; Putnam Valley, New York; and Palm Springs, California.
  • David Ment
    Teachers College
    DAVID M. MENT is Associate Director and Head of Special Collections at the Milbank Memorial Library at Teachers College.
  • Cally Waite
    Teachers College
    CALLY L. WAITE is an Assistant Professor of History and Education. Her areas of scholarly interests are the transformation of higher education in the late 19th century, education for African Americans in the north during the 19th century, and historical theory and methodology. Recent publications include "The Invisible ‘Talented Tenth’, Women and Dubois," (Feminist Engagements), and "Segregation of black students at Oberlin College after reconstruction" (History of Education Quarterly).
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