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The Resource The teacher wars : a history of America's most embattled profession, Dana Goldstein

The teacher wars : a history of America's most embattled profession, Dana Goldstein

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The teacher wars : a history of America's most embattled profession
Title
The teacher wars
Title remainder
a history of America's most embattled profession
Statement of responsibility
Dana Goldstein
Title variation
teacher wars
Title variation remainder
a history of Americas most embattled profession
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eng
Summary
A history of 175 years of teaching in America demonstrates that teachers have always borne the brunt of shifting, often impossible expectations. In other nations, public schools are one thread in a quilt that includes free universal childcare, health care, and job training. Here, schools are the whole cloth. Today we look around the world at countries like Finland and South Korea, whose students consistently outscore Americans on standardized tests, and wonder what we are doing wrong. Dana Goldstein first asks the often-forgotten question: "How did we get here?" She argues that we must take the historical perspective, understanding the political and cultural baggage that is tied to teaching, if we have any hope of positive change. In her lively, character-driven history of public teaching, Goldstein guides us through American education's many passages, including the feminization of teaching in the 1800s and the fateful growth of unions, and shows that the battles fought over nearly two centuries echo the very dilemmas we cope with today. Goldstein shows that recent innovations like Teach For America, merit pay and teacher evaluation via student testing are actually as old as public schools themselves. Goldstein argues that long-festering ambivalence about teachers -- are they civil servants or academic professionals? -- and unrealistic expectations that the schools alone should compensate for poverty's ills have driven the most ambitious people from becoming teachers and sticking with it. In America's past, and in local innovations that promote the professionalization of the teaching corps, Goldstein finds answers to an age-old problem
Summary
Traces 175 years of teaching in America to demonstrate how educators have characteristically endured shifting and often impossible expectations, comparing the practices and test scores of other nations while revealing the cultural and political factors compromising education today
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Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2014.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2014
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10351270
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Goldstein, Dana
Dewey number
371.1020973
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Education
  • Teachers
  • Public schools
  • Educational change
  • EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
  • EDUCATION / History
  • EDUCATION / General
  • Educational change
  • Public schools
  • Teachers
  • Education
  • United States
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adult
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a history of America's most embattled profession
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The teacher wars : a history of America's most embattled profession, Dana Goldstein
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-323) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn874901666
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
349 pages
Isbn
9780385536950
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014007024
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40023956325
Other physical details
illustrations
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(OCoLC)874901666
Label
The teacher wars : a history of America's most embattled profession, Dana Goldstein
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-323) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn874901666
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
349 pages
Isbn
9780385536950
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014007024
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40023956325
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)874901666

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