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Diane Ravitch, author of the Life and Death of the Great American School System, and a personal hero of mine, was just awarded NEA’s “Friend of Education” Award at their national convention this week.  I couldn’t imagine a more deserving individual, this studious woman that sounds the clarion call in defense of our public education system and who just calls it like she sees it.

Here’s NEA’s write up on Ravitch’s remarks, and her video follows.