Though they are at times each others’ harshest critics, Chancellor Joel Klein and noted education historian Diane Ravitch proved last week that they can occasionally share a laugh.
Last week, Klein e-mailed Ravitch asking for the “latest draft op-ed.” The message was an accident — presumably Klein meant to send it to the Department of Education’s press secretary, whose name is quite similar. “That’s what they get for getting a PR person named R-a-v-i-t-z,” Ravitch said when she forwarded us the e-mail.
A humorous exchange followed. Read from the bottom up:
From: Diane Ravitch
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2010 6:11 PM
To: Klein Joel I.
May God be with you
I was afraid for a second that I mistyped “luck”
Sent from my iPhone
On Nov 12, 2010, at 5:00 PM, “Klein Joel I.”
> Thanks. While I’m sure it’s just a typo, I love the Freudian slip
> —– Original Message —–
> From: Diane Ravitch
> Sent: Friday, November 12, 2010 05:51 PM
> To: Klein Joel I.
> God luck in the next phase of your life/career
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Nov 12, 2010, at 4:43 PM, “Klein Joel I.”
>> I hoped you would be.
>> —– Original Message —–
>> From: Diane Ravitch
>> Sent: Friday, November 12, 2010 05:41 PM
>> To: Klein Joel I.
>> I’m flattered.
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Nov 11, 2010, at 10:31 PM, “Klein Joel I.”
>>> Do you have latest draft oped?