Wall Street Journal
"Ms. Ravitch [is] the country's soberest, most history-minded education expert."
Christian Science Monitor
"Ravitch's hopeful vision is of a national curriculum--she's had enough of fly-by-night methods and unchallenging requirements. She's impatient with education that is not personally transformative. She believes there is experience and knowledge of art, literature, history, science, and math that every public school graduate should have."
"The book intelligently and readably addresses today's education controversies, using a combination of anecdotes, case studies, and statistics.... [I]t;s a must-read for education policymakers at all levels of government."
"Ravitch's critique is an essential one--passionate, well considered and completely logical."
Jay Matthews, WashingtonPost.com
"Ravitch is our best living historian of education. In my view she is the best ever."
The book that follows is, if not a mea culpa, perhaps something more valuable--a fiercely argued manifesto against fads in education reform and for public schools, and the teachers and students who inhabit them."