Featuring America’s leading spokesperson for public education, Diane Ravitch.
Co-sponsored by the North Carolina Justice Center’s Education & Law Project and Public Schools First NC.
What is the future of public education in the United States? Sadly, if policy developments of the kind underway in North Carolina and several other states continue to take hold, it could be quite bleak. Where once we viewed and treated public schools as both an essential "common good" institution and a critical bulwark of our democracy, today they are increasingly marginalized as just another consumer "product" to be consigned to the vagaries of "the market."
The results of this attitude shift are palpable and destructive: Privatization, vouchers, unfettered charter schools and re-segregation are all on the rise as families, schools and communities scramble to "compete" to protect their own narrow, short-term interests.
Fortunately, more and more groups and individuals are standing up to resist these trends. And among this group no one is more visible or effective than Diane Ravitch.