In an ideological switch, prominent education scholar Diane Ravitch says No Child Left Behind, the nation's foremost education law and one she once supported, has caused schools to lose sight of their goal. In her new book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System," Ravitch explains how she has come to believe that NCLB is perpetuating "a cramped, mechanistic, profoundly anti-intellectual definition of education." Ravitch also criticizes modern charter schools, high-stakes testing and other free-market-style education reforms.

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