What Ravitch and the Reformers Both Got Wrong

Over at Education Next, I recently had the opportunity to review Diane Ravitch’s new book, Slaying Goliath. The book is well-timed — marking the end of a decade during which a once-triumphal “reform” coalition unraveled — and provided a useful opportunity to reflect on what happened and what we’ve learned. Ravitch, of course, first made her name as an influential education historian. I was hugely curious: Given her stance as perhaps the foremost critic of 21st-century “reform,” how would she make sense of reform’s demise?