Education historian and outspoken education policy analyst Diane Ravitch joined her Education Week blogging partner Deborah Meier, who is recognized as a leading advocate for personalized and intellectually-challenging schools for "Bridging Differences Live" on April 27, 2011 at Indiana University. Presented by the IU School of Education and the Meier Institute at Harmony Education Center in Bloomington, the event was a moderated discussion hosted by IU School of Education Communications and Media Relations Director Chuck Carney.
Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University (NYU), is the author of "The Death and Life of the Great American School System," a New York Times bestselling book that directly challenges many of today's popular educational reforms. Ravitch's stance has earned special attention because as assistant secretary of education and counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Education under President George H.W. Bush, she advocated for many of the reforms measures she now questions. She also supported school choice and accountability measures implemented under "No Child Left Behind," the signature education reform measure of President George W. Bush.
For nearly five decades, Meier has been a teacher, writer, and advocate for "small schools," schools she has said should be self-governing, democratic schools where most decisions are made by the families, teachers and parents in their schools. Her latest book is "Playing for Keeps: Life and Learning on a Public School Playground," co-authored with elementary teachers Brenda Engel and Beth Taylor, which examines the consequences of eliminating most recess time for young students.
Education Week's "Bridging Differences" blog is at blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences/.