Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools

Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools

From one of the foremost authorities on education and the history of education in the United States, "whistleblower extraordinaire" (The Wall Street Journal), former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, author of the best-selling Reign of Error ("fearless" --Jonathan Kozol, NYRB)--an impassioned, inspiring look at the ways in which parents, teachers, activists--citizens--are successfully fighting back to defeat the forces that are privatizing America's public schools.

Diane Ravitch writes of those who have privatized the schools, the Disrupters, who believe America's schools should be run like businesses, with teachers incentivized with threats and bonuses, and schools that need to enter into the age of the gig economy in which children are treated like customers or products. She writes of the Koch brothers, the DeVos family, the Waltons (Walmart), Eli Broad, Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg, and many others, on the right and the left, as well as corporations, foundations, etc., intent on promoting the privatization of one of our most valued public institutions.
Ravitch lays out, in extensive detail, the facts showing that the ideas put forth by school privateers have failed; that their promises of higher test scores have not come to pass; that the "great hope" of Common Core has been a dud.
Arrayed against these forces, Ravitch writes of the volunteer army--"the Resisters"--that has sprung up from Seattle, Austin, and Denver, to Detroit, New Orleans, and Buffalo--parents, teachers, grandparents, students, bloggers, religious leaders, brave individuals, who, spurred on by conviction, courage, determination, and the power of ideas and passion, are fighting back to successfully keep alive their public schools.

Title:Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools
ISBN:9780525655374
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  • Lianna Bessette

    3.5 stars. While I really appreciate and agree with Ravitch's message, this book felt too long and much more repetitive than her previous books. If you don't know a lot about the education "reform" mo...

  • Erica

    4.5 stars. This book is a scathing takedown of all of the politicians and billionaires that have tried to standardize and privatize public education in the past 20 years. It made me viscerally angry, ...

  • Robert

    I'm glad to see that Ravitch saw the light, after being one of the strongest proponents of school privatization under Bush. It is still difficult for me to trust her. Her enlightenment comes late. The...

  • Denny

    Slaying Goliath is an excellent and timely exposé of the network of billionaires, think tanks, policy institutes, and politicians, Republican and Democrat alike, who have sought for the past 30 years...

  • Lynn

    When this book was written teachers were protesting and public education seemed to be Gettleman big stronger than it has been in years. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m not so sure how public ed...

  • Roxanne

    I thought this was a great book. I was very lucky to have had a wonderful public education with very skilled teachers. They prepared me for college just great. Now in this year it is much harder to ge...

  • Nancy

    Fine synopsis of where we are now, in the fight to preserve America’s best idea, a free, high-quality, fully public education for every child in America. Ravitch offers some hope that the public has...

  • Marks54

    This a wonderful, wise, and passionate book about the success of teachers and other opponents of ‘reform’ in fighting the assembled billions of the charter/ voucher/ privatization ‘movement’ t...

  • KT

    Disclosure: I'm a proud public school teacher. Diane Ravitch is considered a darling of the movement for anti-privatization of education. In reality, we simply don't have a lot of figures as widely re...

  • David Solis

    I thought I would love this book, so the fact that it's one of the worst and uninteresting books I've read in the past year is disappointing. I'll start with giving the credit where it's due: great me...