American educator Diane Ravitch discusses the privatization of public education, merit pay, and teacher evaluation. I like Dr. Ravitch but as she herself admits in this video she was part of the ideologues attacking public education when she worked for the conservative think tanks she cites here like the Hoover Institute. And she is correct to say these are terrible times because of the attacks on public education and teachers. We are ignoring the most dramatic increases in poverty ever seen in this country in many years. Those profiting from the privatization of public education use it as an excuse to divert the public away from thinking about the increases in poverty and racial isolation so many urban school children live in. Instead the current debate in public education is to blame the teachers.