ravitch-mini-reunion-2Diane Silvers Ravitch ‘60

Diane Silvers Ravitch ‘60 spoke at the inaugural lecture in a new series of talks on current issues in public education on October 22, 2015. A national advocate for public schools who is ranked at the top of Education Week’s 2015 listing of influential scholars, she discussed how testing and privatization are damaging children, teachers, schools, and communities, and are threatening public education as a common good.

She explained the current practice of policing school systems, the need for educational enhancement (physical education, art, music), especially in poorer communities, and emphasized the importance of respecting teachers as professionals and rewarding them financially as such. Furthermore, she encouraged political action against “for profit” education and the takeover by private groups of public education.

The evening was very well-attended by students from the college and others interested in hearing Diane’s profound ideas on education, including our own classmates. We held a 1960 Mini immediately thereafter at Lulu, symbolically enough, in the Fireplace Room donated by the mother of our own Betsy Anderson Fitzgerald.