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Diane Ravitch News Archives 1975-86

June 26, 2017

This past week has been eventful for me. One major challenge involves renovating in my house the one room that took water during the August 2016 Louisiana flooding. (I removed furniture, carpet, and the wet sheet rock in August 2016 and waited until summer 2017 when I would be off of school to confront the tedious necessity of renovation.)

The room in question was once a porch and is on a slab that sits 3 1/2 inches lower than the rest of the house. The real problem was that the space between the two slabs had never been properly sealed.

It is now, I am happy to report, and I am in the process of painting the repaired walls and new baseboards.

The second major event occurred even as I was in the throes of the aforementioned renovation: My computer decided that it would no longer take a charge. So, I excused myself to my contractor and headed to Best Buy to purchase a new computer.

The old computer is on borrowed time; once the battery dies, the computer is dead unless someone replaces the malfunctioning port (which would cost almost as much to fix as my new computer cost me). I also purchased a flash drive so that I could remove files from my terminal laptop while I still had time.

That brings us to the point of this post.

One of the folders from my old computer includes 39 archived news articles/op-eds written by education historian Diane Ravitch (or, in some cases, pieces in which she is quoted) from 1975 to 1986. In April 2017, I had temporary free access (one week) to the news archival service, newspaperarchive.com; before my free access expired, I spent a few evenings downloading the Ravitch writings/cites for posterity’s sake.

diane ravitch  Diane Ravitch

Below are all 39 files in alphabetical order according to the name of the newspaper in which each appears. This is not an exhaustive inventory of Ravitch news articles from 1975-86. Some articles appeared in multiple newspapers; n such cases, I saved only one copy. Too, my search was limited to the newspapers carried by newspaperarchive.com.

I chose to save articles beginning with the earliest that I could find (1975) and ending with 1986, a few years beyond the 1983 Reagan administration report that damned America’s public schools as failures, A Nation at Risk.

I considered better organizing the files but need to get that room finished. After 10 months, I’m ready to bring the August 2016 flooded room chapter of my life to a close.

annapoliscapital-sep12-75

blythevillecouriernews-sep271984-6

carbondalesouthernillinoisan-aug131976-4

coloradospringsgazettetelegraph-dec251983p-75

coloradospringsgazettetelegraph-mar021984p-26

coloradospringsgazettetelegraph-sep141981p-28

cumberlandnews-mar06-2

dailyheraldsuburbanchicago-may311985p-20

elyriachronicletelegram-nov111984-23

fayettevillenorthwestarkansastimes-feb041985p-4

fredericknewspost-sep181984-19

galvestondailynews-oct031982-19

galvestondailynews-sep071983-25

gardencitytelegram-feb191986-22

gardencitytelegram-jun171981-4

gardencitytelegram-jun201981-4

greenvillerecordargus-aug211978-4

harrisonburgdailynewsrecord-sep291982p-6

indianagazette-apr08-2

jacksonvillecourier-nov02-12

kittanningleadertimes-jul271978-12

kokomotribune-apr16-6

laurelleadercall-jun111982-4 (1)

lawrencejournalworld-sep251983-33

logansportpharostribune-may191981-4

lowellsun-may06-22

lowellsun-oct07-25

madisonwisconsinstatejournal-sep091984-1

odessaamerican-nov05-68

pacificstarsandstripes-jun081983p-11

salinajournal-sep16-27

santafenewmexican-mar051978p-38

santafenewmexican-nov121978p-13

southernillinoisan-may18-23

statesvillerecordandlandmark-sep201977p-11

titusvilleherald-dec29-4

winstonsalemchronicle-jun171982-4

winstonsalemchronicle-jun171982-5

xeniadailygazette-sep191975-4

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5 Comments
  1. Laura H. Chapman permalink

    I hope that you have found a way to backup the file that you backed up.

    I hope also that the history-maker herself is doing some solid archiving and backup.

    And there is the owner of this blog. Mercedes, please do double backups of your own work. Do not trust the so-called cloud, or any single product line for backups. (I backed up on two different Seagate drives. Both died, taking my records with them).

  2. Excellent; thank you so much for this.

  3. I looked at three of these pdfs pretty much at random. In no case could I find anything written by DR. They were photostats of a single page of a newspaper. Did I, or you, miss something? Guy

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    • I opened the first four files and used control+F t search “diane” and found her,. Sometimes she is quoted; other times, she is feature writer.

  4. Christine Langhoff permalink

    Ever the teacher and researcher, Mercedes! Thank you for investing your time and for sharing your work with the rest of us. I second Laura’s recommendations.

    Hope the rest of your renovation goes smoothly!

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