Maybe there is nothing to this but coincidence but I think we need to read Diane Ravitch's new book with caution.
I created this video in response to the Texas School Board decision to radically rewrite the curriculum, a decision likely to have Sandy Kress' fingerprints all over it being that he is from Texas, is a lobbyist for the Texas Charter School Board Association and former School Board member for Dallas Schools (in a time when they misrepresented test scores so George W. Bush could claim success as an education governor). I think this applies to Ravitch's call for more and better curriculum.
Additionally, if this theory is correct, Ravitch's has been used as a Trojan horse for the teacher unions as well. I think every single AFT publication I have read this past year has had a piece by her or her protege Diane Senechal. You can read what my thoughts are with Senechal's involvement with the AFT here and here. You can also read more about what I think about Ravitch's call for more curriculum here. So, Scott McLeod asks, "Should we absolve Diane Ravitch of her earlier decisions?" I say NO NO NO NO NO. All of this is still screams of clever ruse. Buy testing materials or buy textbooks it all still drives money to Pearson.
Perhaps this is all post-fact. Perhaps what "The Death and Life of the Great American School System" is not a reversal of Diane Ravitch's thoughts on education reform but rather an opening up of the playbook after the game is over. Perhaps this agenda has already been enacted.