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High-Profile Critic Of Education Reform Comes To N.H.

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Diane Ravitch, one of the nation's loudest voices against efforts by recent presidents to reform American education, says teachers should be able to make changes to the new Common Core State Standards that New Hampshire schools are implementing now.

In her career Ravitch has gone from being an Assistant US Secretary of Education, supervising the country’s largest standardized test, to one of the nation’s most out-spoken opponents of such tests. She addressed a crowd at Dartmouth College Wednesday as part of a book tour promoting her latest book Reign of Error and before the talk NHPR's Education reporter, Sam Evans-Brown, caught up with her.

  

    

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.
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