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Discuss _Teacher Wars_ by Dana Goldstein

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  • Why I want to read this: After 17 years in higher education, I wanted to see what secondary school was like, and so am teaching at a middle school. I am seeing first hand many of the ideas of education, and want to compare my personal experiences with the larger trends in education. From Amazon: 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

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