The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession

By Dana Goldstein
A" New York Times" Bestseller
In her groundbreaking history of175 years of American education, Dana Goldstein finds answers in the past to the controversies that plague ourpublic schools today.
In "The Teacher Wars," a rich, lively, and unprecedented history of public school teaching, Dana Goldstein reveals that teachers have been embattled for nearly two centuries. 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. "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."

"Ms. Goldstein's book is meticulously fair and disarmingly balanced, serving up historical commentary instead of a searing philippic ... The book skips nimbly from history to on-the-ground reporting to policy prescription, never falling on its face. If I were still teaching, I'd leave my tattered copy by the sputtering Xerox machine. I'd also recommend it to the average citizen who wants to know why Robert can't read, and Allison can't add." "--New York Times " "[A] lively account of the history of teaching ... "The Teacher Wars" suggests that to improve our schools, we have to help teachers do their job the way higher-achieving nations do: by providing -better preservice instruction, offering newcomers more support from well-trained mentors and opening up the "black box" classroom so teachers can observe one another without fear and share ideas. Stressing accountability, with no ideas for improving teaching, Goldstein says, is 'like the hope that buying a scale will result in losing weight.' Such books may be sounding the closing bell on an era when the big ideas in school reform came from economists and solutions were sought in spreadsheets of test data." "--New York Times Book Review " "[An] immersive and well-researched history ... Attacking a veritable hydra of issues, Goldstein does an admirable job, all while remaining optimistic about the future of this vital profession." "--Publishers Weekly ""Think teachers are overpaid? Or are they dishonored and overworked? Both positions, this useful book suggests, are very old--and very tired ... Goldstein delivers a smart, evenhanded source of counterargument." "--Kirkus Reviews " "I wanted to yell 'Yes! Yes! Thank you for finally talking sense' on page after page. Anyone who wants to be a combatant in or commentator on the teacher wars has to read The Teacher Wars." --Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC's" All In with Chris Hayes" and author of "Twilight of the Elites: America After Me


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ISBN: 9780345803627

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Publisher Anchor Books
Publish date 08/04/2015
Pages 384
ISBN-13 9780345803627
ISBN-10 0345803620
Language English

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