Rita Kramer

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Rita Kramer has received national acclaim for her new book, Ed School Follies: The Miseducation of America’s Teachers, which is based on her observations while visiting schools and departments of education in colleges and universities throughout the country during the 1988-89 academic year.

A Graduate of the University of Chicago, she studied English literature at Columbia University and worked as an editor for several New York publishing houses—including Random House, Simon and Schuster, and Harper and Row—before beginning to write regularly on aspects of child development and early childhood education.

Her articles appeared recently on the parent/child page of the New York Times Magazine in the 1960s and 1970s, during which time she also served as coordinator of infancy research for CBS Learning Center. Since leaving the center, she has written the books How to Raise a Human Being; Maria Montessori: A Biography; Giving Birth: Childbearing in America Today; The Defense of the Family; Raising Children in America Today and At a Tender Age: Violent Youth and Juvenile Justice.

Ms. Kramer has served on the Elementary Education Study Group and Elementary School Recognition Panel of the U.S. Department of Education, and is author of articles and reviews that have appeared in American Heritage, Commentary, The American Spectator, The Wilson Quarterly and other magazines and anthologies in the United States and abroad. Also, her fiction has appeared in literary quarterlies.