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Tom Viviano

Hello Dr. Ravitch,

In the chance that you receive and read this I just wanted to thank you for writing your most recent book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System. I hope all educational leaders read this and take it very seriously.

You and your book are well known in the Workforce Education and Development Program at Penn State University. I am a doctorate student there in this program and am using your book as a reference in my dissertation. (I hope I have your blessing). As I was presenting a poster, I used your book as a reference as well and the Dean of the Department commented about how relevant and poignant your book is. Dr. Farmer, my research professor, also boasted of presenting at a conference that either you attended or presented with him.

I’d ask that you keep advocating for our kids so that they can receive a well-balanced education in the arts and humanities as well as in the core standards. I continue to promote your book to my colleagues and look forward to your next one. If you’re ever in the Bucks County, PA area, please stop into our school as I believe much of what you advise, we do.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and a great 2011.

Bless you,

Tom Viviano