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Ravitch Moves Left On Teachers Unions

By Alexander Russo — January 22, 2007 1 min read

Proving once again that she’s nothing if not iconoclastic, Diane Ravitch seems to be moving much farther left than most would expect. Or maybe I just assumed she was a critic.

It’s not just the joint appearances with small schools queen Debbie Meier -- soon to be turned into a new EdWeek venture, I’m told. She’s also featured in the latest issue of the American Educator in strong support of teachers unions (Cultivating Solutions) of all things:

“Protecting teachers from ill-conceived instructional mandates, intolerable conditions, and poor compensation—these are all reasons why teacher unions were important 100 years ago, and remain so today, says this noted education historian.”

No wonder they put her on the cover. For an online interview of her from last year, check out On The HotSeat: Uber-Contrarian Diane Ravitch.

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