Review of Ravitch "National Standards"

Michael W. Apple


I assume that Diane Ravitch is someone who is as deeply committed to a fair and socially just education as I am--even when our political and educational agendas may differ--I also assume that re-stratification and fostering the power of the conservative restoration is not what she wants either. Thus, I do urge you to read this book, but perhaps for different reasons: to see it as a cautionary tale and then to watch as the public policies that are justified under its rhetorical umbrella and that are actually implemented on the ground go in uncomfortable directions.


Book Review; Accountability; Economic Factors; Educational Change; Educational Improvement; Elementary Secondary Education; Ideology; National Standards; Performance Based Assessment; Political Attitudes; Student Evaluation

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