Former U.S. Assistant Education Secretary Diane Ravitch tells Smiley and West why she is now a fierce opponent of privatization within public education.
"Now the public schools are the new frontier for the profiteers ...One of the biggest supporters of this privatization movement is Wall Street... Wall Street is now holding investor conferences on how to make money in education." Diane Ravitch
"The precious children of the rich get taught. The precious children of the poor get tested." Diane Ravitch
"What the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community and anything less than that is unlovely and left unchecked will destroy our democracy." (School and Society - John Dewey - 100 years ago)
"If they love teachers so much, they would stop blaming them for the social and economic problems caused by the outsourcing of jobs that people in this country need. Teachers have gotten the blame for everything, including being blamed for poverty." Diane Ravitch