friend and acclaimed education historian Diane Ravitch, author of last year’s The
Death and Life of the Great American School System, has agreed to showcase here a brief excerpt from her next best
seller, Ravitching: Loving Myself as an Immortal, to be published by the L.
Ron Hubbard Press in September.
In the fall of 2010, I decided to
completely revamp my home-entertainment system. Best Buy was refusing to
special order VHS tapes for me anymore, and I was starting to understand
the benefits of surround sound and a speaker set. As part of that
transition, I went through all of my old videos, boxing them up for storage and
making room for the newer DVDs (of course, I couldn’t just get
rid of them!). When I came across my old favorite, Risky Business, I had to pop it in
the player and relive the joys. Watching the familiar plot unfold, however, I
was struck by how unactualized
Tom Cruise was in that movie. As I watched him slide across the screen, I
wondered what had changed so much for Cruise in the past thirty years. What was
the turning point
in his life? And, more importantly, how could I have a similar conversion
Then I got it: Scientology.
That was—that is—the missing piece in my life, the truth I needed to see the
world more broadly and understand the issues in our education system more
deeply. In this book, I describe my path to discovering Scientology and making
it part of me and me of it. And although I was not able to produce a silver
bullet in The Death and Life of the Great American
School System, I am confident that now, dear reader, I can offer you
Diane Ravitch, Ravitching: Loving Myself as an Immortal
(Galactic Confederacy: L. Ron Hubbard Press, 2011).