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Today at TPM Cafe's Book Club, Diane Ravitch makes the case against the modern education reform movement, as argued in her book Reign of Error:
In the early years of the twenty-first century, a bipartisan consensus arose about educational policy in the United States. Right and left, Democrats and Republicans, the leading members of our political class and our media elite seemed to agree: Public education is broken. Our students are not learning enough. Public schools are bad and getting worse. ... There is only one problem with this narrative. It is wrong.
Today at TPM Cafe Book Club: An excerpt from David Folkenflik's Murdoch's World talks about how Rupert Murdoch wanted the Wall Street Journal to be the crown jewel of his media empire. "And yet Murdoch did not much like the Journal itself," Folkenflik writes.
Don't forget, we have a chat with Folkenflik tomorrow at noon.
On the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, Larry J. Sabato, author of The Kennedy Half Century, says this, "There is only one prediction I can make with certainty: A hundred years from now, there will still be books written and TV documentaries proposing theories while sifting evidence about the Kennedy assassination."
We've been so thrilled to have Larry this week as we bring back TPM Cafe's Book Club. Do him a solid and buy his book.