In Slaying Goliath, Diane Ravitch looks at the ways in which parents, teachers and activists are successfully fighting back to defeat the forces that are privatizing America’s public schools. Ravitch writes about the Disrupters, who believe America’s schools should be run like businesses, with teachers incentivized by threats and bonuses, and school children treated like customers or products.
Ravitch lays out, in extensive detail, the facts showing that the ideas put forth by school privateers have failed; their promises of higher test scores have not come to pass; the "great hope" of Common Core has been a dud.
Arrayed against the forces of disruption, Ravitch writes of the Resisters: parents, teachers, grandparents, students, bloggers, religious leaders, and unions, who are fighting back to successfully keep alive their public schools.
Ravitch was born in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Wellesley College and Columbia University. She is a research professor of education at New York University and the author of eleven books. Ravitch is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.