Diane Ravitch on Being Wrong

There’s an interesting interview with Diane Ravitch in Slate, where this former assistant secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush talks about how she became an outspoken critic of testing and No Child Left Behind and how she changed her mind. I wrote about her book here. I’ve always been a big fan of Howard Gardner’s, Changing Minds: The Art And Science of Changing Our Own And Other People’s Minds (Leadership for the Common Good), so I figured this is a good time to mention it.

Read the interview in Slate here.

You can also listen to Ravitch’s radio interview with Leonard Lopate here.

6 thoughts on “Diane Ravitch on Being Wrong

  1. How timely! It’s interesting how she thought that her age made it easier for her to change her mind. Did the same thing happen to Elkind? He seemed to give up on what he believed but not because he thought he was wrong…but he seemingly didn’t want to hold his position any more.


  2. I can’t imagine why Elkind wrote that recently. Even if you go down discouraged, at least you go down fighting.


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