Reformed education reformer Diane Ravitch on being wrong

"All I want is to die with a clear conscience," Diane Ravitch told me.  As assistant secretary of education under George H.W. Bush and a longtime conservative eduction activist and scholar, Ravitch once crusaded for nationally mandated testing, charter schools, school choice, and No Child Left Behind.  Today, she rejects all those positions as bad for America's communities, schools, teachers, and kids.  Read my interview with Ravitch about education reform and wrongness -- over at Slate, temporary new home of The Wrong Stuff. 

Okay, maybe you don’t have strong beliefs about the “right” way to load a dishwasher, or about your sweetheart’s propensity to do it “wrong.” In that case, either you are unusually saintly or (like me) you don’t own a dishwasher. But you almost certainly get involved in domestic disputes about who’s right and who’s wrong all the time; we all do. Although interpersonal arguments can have a number of causes – from serious and painful breaches in trust to the fact that we haven’t had our coffee yet – an impressive number of them amount to a tug-of-war over who possesses the truth. We fight over the right to be right.