Diane Silvers Ravitch is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Previously, she was a U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education. Diane often speaks on inequality in American education and the negative impact of federal legislation on students, teachers, and schools - a common theme for many arts education advocates. In her speech, she addresses these issues as well as the fundamental importance of the arts to children and to society. She talks about the arts in the current testing environment, and the difference between conformists and rebels.
-- interview by ARTSEDGE, a program of the Ed. Dep. of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
-- watch on Youtube (if you cannot watch on player below):
Diane on the arts
Diane on testing