The Teacher Wars

The Teacher Wars

A History of America's Most Embattled Profession

Book - 2014
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In her groundbreaking history of 175 years of American education, Dana Goldstein finds answers in the past to the controversies that plague our public schools today.

Teaching is a wildly contentious profession in America, one attacked and admired in equal measure. In The Teacher Wars , a rich, lively, and unprecedented history of public school teaching, Dana Goldstein reveals that teachers have been similarly embattled for nearly two centuries. From the genteel founding of the common schools movement in the nineteenth century to the violent inner-city teacher strikes of the 1960s and '70s, from the dispatching of Northeastern women to frontier schoolhouses to the founding of Teach for America on the Princeton University campus in 1989, Goldstein shows that the same issues have continued to bedevil us: Who should teach? What should be taught? Who should be held accountable for how our children learn?

She uncovers the surprising roots of hot button issues, from teacher tenure to charter schools, and finds that recent popular ideas to improve schools--instituting merit pay, evaluating teachers by student test scores, ranking and firing veteran teachers, and recruiting "elite" graduates to teach--are all approaches that have been tried in the past without producing widespread change. And she also discovers an emerging effort that stands a real chance of transforming our schools for the better: drawing on the best practices of the three million public school teachers we already have in order to improve learning throughout our nation's classrooms.

The Teacher Wars upends the conversation about American education by bringing the lessons of history to bear on the dilemmas we confront today. By asking "How did we get here?" Dana Goldstein brilliantly illuminates the path forward.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385536950
Branch Call Number: 371.102 G578
Characteristics: x, 349 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jul 12, 2017

As a public education teacher, I'm pretty biased towards this book. Dana Goldstein's book about teaching in America is thorough, smart, and insightful. Although the last decade has been pretty rough for teachers (Assaults on unions, continued poor wages, the push towards privatization, and so forth.), Goldstein points out that teaching has always been, as the subtitle says, an "embattled profession." If you're reading this and thinking about going into education: don't. I'd also recommend books by Diane Ravitch.

carnett1 Apr 08, 2015

The Questions to ask: Who doesn't teach; What was not taught? What
populations are not in reception of valuable knowledge? What acts of
ignorance took place for such attention to the indication of one's or
many's lack of knowledge?

What situations arose to create such inquiries and questions? What
populations are not able to learn of such situations? Why and who and
how many are prohibiting such learning? If education equality exists
by argument of any in opposition of these questions then has knowledge
dispersed equally and in the same manner?

Finland and South Korea are: manufacturers; in addition to alliance
members of electronics of mainstream use the product of collaboration
between such countries. Through administrative access; knowledge can
be gleaned and distributed without the consent of the U.S. given such
alliances against the U.S.' purposely selected disadvantaged
populations which unfortunately to countries such as South Korea and
Finland, do represent the U.S.' populations despite elected officials'
representation and leadership.


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