Educator, Historian Diane Ravitch Appointed Senior Fellow at Hoover Institution

Friday, November 18, 2005
STANFORD

Diane Ravitch, a longtime member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education at the Hoover Institution, has been appointed a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Ravitch is a research professor at New York University, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a member of the board of the New America Foundation.

She joined the Koret Task Force at Hoover in 1999 and at that time was appointed as a distinguished visiting fellow.

She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and the Society of American Historians. From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board.

During the first Bush administration, Ravitch served as an assistant secretary for educational research and improvement and as a counselor to the U.S. Department of Education. She is a former professor of history and education at Columbia University's Teachers College and a former adviser to Poland's Ministry of Education.

In 2005, the United Federation of Teachers recognized Ravitch's efforts “to make a difference in the lives of New York City school children” and awarded her the prestigious John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education. She was also a recipient of the Breukelein Institute’s 2005 Gaudium Award.

Ravitch is the editor of many publications, including The Schools We Deserve, Debating the Future of American Education, and The American Reader.

She has many books to her credit including The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (Alfred A. Knopf, 2003), winner of the Hoover Institution's 2004 Uncommon Book Award; Left Back: A Century of Failed School Reforms; National Standards in American Education: A Citizen's Guide; What Do Our 17-Year-Olds Know? (with Hoover senior fellow and Koret Task Force member Chester E. Finn Jr.); The Great School Wars: New York City, 1805–1973; and The Troubled Crusade: American Education, 1945–1980. Her publications have been translated into many languages. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Brookings Review.

Ravitch, a historian of education, has lectured on democracy and civic education throughout the world. Her website is www.dianeravitch.com.