Letters to Diane

Stacy Maxin

Dear Ms. Ravitch,

Thank you for giving me hope as an educator at a time when I have been very disheartened with the direction of education in the U.S.  I had the wonderful opportunity to see you speak at the NCSS Conference in Washington, D.C. on December 2, and walked away feeling that an expert in education finally “gets it”.  Last year, I reluctantly read your book The Death and Life of the Great American School System as it was selected for my book club. I had voted NOT to read it since you were the author. Reading your work, beginning in 1990, when I was in my teaching credentialing program, raised my blood pressure off the charts and I wanted to keep my health in check. Of course I couldn’t put it down.  You had gone 180 degrees with many issues, and instead of being angry, I felt validated. Again, I thank  you for your experience, expertise and insight.

I do have a question…you spoke several times in D.C. about Waiting for Superman – having the same qualms with the film I have. Since you are at NYU, can’t you get an up-and-coming film student to make the antithesis – Not Waiting for Superman?

I wish you a healthy and happy 2012.

Sincerely,

Stacy Maxin