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Friday, August 10, 2012

The Brian Lehrer Show is not live today, so we won't be taking any calls. But you can keep the conversation going in the comments section!

Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington DC school system, has started an advocacy group. She describes the goals of StudentsFirstNY and whether it hopes to counter the influence of the teachers’ union. Then, Dr. Diane Ravitch, a former US assistant secretary of education and critic of Rhee’s style of reform, responds. Plus: historian Douglas Brinkley talks about his new book, Cronkite, and the life and times of “the most trusted man in America.” And the American author John Irving on how his agenda is reflected in his work.

Michelle Rhee's Education Reform

Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington DC school system and now the head of Students First NY, talks about the New York State advocacy group she's founded that's being described as a counter to the teachers' union. 

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Diane Ravitch on School Performance and Standardized Testing

Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University, author of the "Bridging Differences" blog at Education Week and also author of  The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, follows up on a discussion about school performance and the frustration some teachers feel about standardized testing.

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Cronkite by Brinkley

Douglas Brinkleyprofessor of history at Rice University and author of Cronkite, talks about his biography of the news anchor called "the most trusted man in America."

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John Irving: In One Person

John Irving, author of The World According to Garp, talks about his newest novel, In One Person.

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