An Evening with Diane Ravitch

February 26, 2020 @ 7:00PM — 8:30PM

Save the date for an exciting evening with Diane Ravitch, Barbara Madeloni and Maurice Cunningham. 7pm at First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church St., Cambridge. (Snow date, March 4.)

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Save February 26 for an exciting evening with our friend and champion, Diane Ravitch, whose new book is Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools.

Ravitch is an education historian, “whistleblower extraordinaire” (The Wall Street Journal), former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, and author of the best-selling Reign of Error (“fearless” –Jonathan Kozol, NYRB)–an impassioned, inspiring look at the ways in which parents, teachers, activists–citizens–are successfully fighting back to defeat the forces that are privatizing America’s public schools.

She writes of those who have privatized the schools, the Disrupters, who believe America’s schools should be run like businesses, with teachers incentivized with threats and bonuses, and schools that need to enter into the age of the gig economy in which children are treated like customers or products. She writes of the Koch brothers, the DeVos family, the Waltons (Walmart), Eli Broad, Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg, and many others, on the right and the left, as well as corporations, foundations, etc., intent on promoting the privatization of one of our most valued public institutions.

Diane's book features the story of Massachusetts' victorious 2016 No on 2 campaign to keep the cap on charter schools.

She'll be joined by two key players in that victory, Barbara Madeloni and Maurice Cunningham. 7pm at First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church St., Cambridge. (Snow date, March 4.)

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

This event is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Teachers Association, The American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts and the Boston Teachers Union.