Ravitch offered a variety of stories of current policy gone awry. She was quite articulate and passionate in her explanation of how Race to the Top, a program created by the current US administration, is a worse version of the No Child Left Behind Act created by former President George W. Bush. She also referred to the failure of the LA Unified School District in its attempt to provide tablet computers for every child to the financial detriment of a large capital improvement fund.
Probably the best thing she said the entire night, however, is summed up by this tweet:
I was very fortunate to attend this lecture and I hope more stop by during the rest of her tour.