Questions for Diane Ravitch?

Diane Ravitch, education historianPhoto: Jack Miller

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Do you have a question for Diane Ravitch? If you care about the future of public education or teacher unions, you probably should. In addition to being a prolific education historian, Ravitch is most well-known as a conservative who supports teacher unions, and opposes charters and No Child Left Behind. What makes her perspectives especially fascinating, no matter where you stand on these issues, is that less than seven years ago she was on the opposite side of the fight. Ravitch used to serve in George H.W. Bush’s administration championing No Child Left Behind accountability measures, charters, and teacher merit pay among other controversial reforms before she changed her mind, somewhere around 2004.

I am thrilled to interview Ravitch for Mother Jones Monday, and hope you’ll share your questions for her in the comment section below this blog post. Please post them by Monday, Feb. 28, 6am PST. To kick it off, here are some questions in my notebook:

What does your education reform agenda look like?

You believe that the testing and standards in NCLB have been extremely damaging to schools. What other external measures can we use to make sure that students across the country are proficient in the basic subjects?

What will happen, if teachers in Wisconsin lose their collective bargaining rights?

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

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Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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