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Diane Ravitch

Diane RavitchAKA Diane Silvers

Born: 1-Jul-1938
Birthplace: Houston, TX

Gender: Female
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Matter of Dispute
Occupation: Government

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Education reformer

NYU professor Diane Ravitch was a Democrat when she was recruited to join the first Bush administration as Assistant Secretary of Education (1991-93). Years later, she left the Democratic party and registered as an Independent. Now she is a member of two think tanks: the Brookings and Hoover institutions. Opposes the philosophy of Multiculturalism.

Father: Walter Cracker Silvers
Mother: Ann Celia Katz
Husband: Richard Ravitch (m. 26-Jun-1960, div. Dec-1986, three sons)
Son: Joseph (b. 1964)
Son: Steven (b. 1964, d. 1966 leukemia)
Son: Michael (b. 1967)

    High School: San Jacinto High School, Houston, TX (1956)
    University: BA, Wellesley College (1960)
    University: PhD History, Columbia University (1975)
    Professor: History and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University (1975-91)

    Brookings Institution Senior Fellow
    Brookings Institution Brown Chair in Education Studies (1995-2005)
    US Education Department National Assessment Governing Board (1997-2004)
    US Education Department Assistant Secretary, Educational Research and Improvement (1991-93)
    The Washington Post summer internship
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1985
    American Academy of Political and Social Science Fellow
    American Federation of Teachers Board of Directors, Albert Shanker Institute
    Common Good Advisory Board
    Core Knowledge Foundation Board of Directors
    Common Core Board of Directors
    Common Good Board of Directors
    Thomas B. Fordham Institute Board of Trustees (1996-2009)
    Friends of Joe Lieberman
    Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Advisory Board
    Hillary Clinton for President
    Hoover Institution Distinguished Visiting Fellow
    National Academy of Education 1979
    New America Foundation Board of Directors (2000)
    New York Historical Society Former Trustee
    New York Public Library Honorary Life Trustee
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Society of American Historians 1984
    Guggenheim Fellowship
    Bessarabian Ancestry Maternal side

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Author of books:
The Great School Wars: New York City, 1805-1973 (1975)
The Schools We Deserve: Reflections on the educational crises of our times (1985)
The Troubled Crusade: American Education, 1945-1980 (1985)
What Do Our 17-Year Olds Know? A Report on the First National Assessment of History and Literature (1987, with Chester E. Finn)
National Standards in American Education: A Citizen's Guide (1995)
Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform (2000)
The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (2003)
Edspeak: A Glossary of Education Terms, Phrases, Buzzwords, and Jargon (2007)
The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education (2010)

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