Ravitch, Diane

Ravitch, Diane (b. Silvers)

(1938–  ) educator, historian; born in Houston, Texas. An educational historian at Teachers College, Columbia (1975), she was appointed Assistant Secretary of Education (1991). She helped define the neoconservative agenda for school reform in such works as The Troubled Crusade (1983), The Schools We Deserve (1985), and What Do Our Seventeen-Year-Olds Know? (coauthored, 1987).