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Peter Sacks is an author, economist, essayist and social critic. His most recent book is TEARING DOWN THE GATES: CONFRONTING THE CLASS DIVIDE IN AMERICAN EDUCATION. He is also the author of STANDARDIZED MINDS: THE HIGH PRICE OF AMERICA’S TESTING CULTURE AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO CHANGE IT, (Perseus Publishing). His essays on education and American culture have appeared in, The Nation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Boston Review, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Change Magazine, Education Week and many others. As a newspaper journalist, Sacks covered business and economics and completed several awarding-winning journalism projects, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination. He taught college journalism and writing for four years.