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When school reform goes awry

I had the opportunity to interview education historian Diane Ravitch about her new book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System." A link is here.

Gov. Mitch Daniels, who appears to be a candidate for the GOP nomination for president, and State Supt. Tony Bennett, who appears to be a candidate for the GOP nomination for governor, should read the book. They could certainly benefit from Dr. Ravitch's insight on education policies they are aggressively pushing.

Karen Francisco, editorial page editor for The Journal Gazette, has been an Indiana journalist since 1981. She writes frequently about education for The Journal Gazette opinion pages and here, where she looks at the business, politics and science of learning as it relates to northeast Indiana, the state and the nation. She can be reached at 260-461-8206 or by e-mail at