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Diane Silvers Ravitch

administrator , historian , writer

Diane Silvers Ravitch, American historian, writer, former federal agency administrator.


Ravitch, Diane Silvers was born on July 1, 1938 in Houston, Texas, United States. Daughter of Walter Cracker and Ann Celia (Katz) Silvers.


Bachelor, Wellesley College, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1975. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Williams College, 1984.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Reed College, 1985. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Amherst College, 1986. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), State University of New York, 1988.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Ramapo College, 1990. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), St. Joseph's College, New York City, 1991. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Middlebury College, 1997.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Union College, 1998.


Adjunct assistan professor Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, 1975-1978, associate professor, 1978-1983, adjunct professor, 1983-1991. Assistant secretary for educational research & improvement United States Department Education, Washington, 1991-1993, counselor to the secretary, 1991-1993. Visiting fellow Brookings Institution, Washington, 1993-1994, non-resident senior fellow, since 1994, editor papers on education policy, 1997-1905, Brown chair in education policy, 1997-1905.

Research professor New York University, since 1994. Member National Assessment Governing Board, 1997-1904. Committee on education policy National Academy Sciences, 2003-2005.

Member Koret task force Hoover Institution, 1999-2009, senior fellow, 2005-2009.



Chair Educational Excellence Network, 1988—1991, 1994—1996. Trustee National Humanities Center, 1999—2000, New York Public Library., 1981—1987, honorary life trustee, since 1988. Trustee New York Council on Humanities, 1996—2004.

Member Landmarks Preservation Commission, Southold, 2000—2002. Board directors Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 1987—1991, Council Basic Education, 1989—1991, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 1998—2009, New American Foundation, 2000—2006, Albert Shanker Institute, since 2002, Core Knowledge Foundation, since 2003, Hunt Institute Educational Policy and Leadership, 2002—2009, National History Center, since 2007, John Dewey Educational Foundation, since 2007. Member National Academy Education, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Society of America Historians, New York History Society (trustee 1995-1998), Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association International.


Married Richard Ravitch, June 26, 1960 (divorced 1986). Children: Joseph, Steven (deceased), Michael.

Walter Cracker Silvers

Ann Celia (Katz) Silvers

Richard Ravitch

Joseph Ravitch

Steven Ravitch (deceased)

Michael Ravitch