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America’s School System Topic of 2015 Fogelson Honors Forum

Successful nations with top-performing school systems have a handful of things in common. They do not have charter schools or offer vouchers. Schools are funded equitably. Teachers are treated with respect. Districts recruit motivated people and see teachers as career professionals. And they ensure kids are healthy and ready to learn.

So summarizes a speech Diane Ravitch gave in 2014 regarding common practices in top-performing school systems around the world and the potential for the demise of the American school system. Despite some of the highest test scores in our nation’s history and an increased graduation rate for high school students, an educational crisis still exists in areas where poverty and racial segregation occur. So what is the answer? Can the public education system be fixed?

Dr. Ravitch will explore multiple areas of the American school system in a series of events at the 2015 Fogelson Honors Forum in October.

The Fogelson Honors Forum is an annual event hosted by TCU’s John V. Roach Honors College to engage the campus in a thoughtful discussion about timely issues. This year’s forum is jointly sponsored by TCU’s College of Education’s Center for Public Education.

Dr. Ravitch, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education and respected education advocate, is a noted historian and research professor who has lectured all over the world on various topics surrounding public education systems. She is the winner of a collection of awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences and the American Education Award from the American Association of School Administrators. Ravitch has authored 10 books, including Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools, which will be part of her discussion about education throughout the October series.

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