The Teacher Wars

The Teacher Wars
Author: Dana Goldstein
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2015
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9780345803627

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"A brilliant young scholar's history of 175 years of teaching in America shows 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 child care, 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"--

The Teacher Wars

The Teacher Wars
Author: Dana Goldstein
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2014-09-02
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9780385536967

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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.

Lies My Teacher Told Me

Lies My Teacher Told Me
Author: James W. Loewen
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 444
Release: 2007-10-16
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9780743296281

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Criticizes the way history is presented in current textbooks, and suggests a fresh and more accurate approach to teaching American history.

Teaching What Really Happened

Teaching What Really Happened
Author: James W. Loewen
Publsiher: Teachers College Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2018-09-07
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9780807759486

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James Loewen has revised Teaching What Really Happened, the bestselling, go-to resource for social studies and history teachers wishing to break away from standard textbook retelling of the past. In addition to updating the scholarship and anecdotes throughout, the second edition features a timely new chapter entitled "Truth" that addresses how traditional and social media can distort current events and historical record. Helping students understand what really happened in the past will empower them to use history as a tool to argue for better policies in the present. Our society needs engaged citizens now more than ever, and this book offers teachers concrete ideas for getting students excited about history while also teaching them to read critically. It will specifically help teachers and students tackle important content areas, including Eurocentrism, the American Indian experience, and slavery. Book Features: an up-to-date assessment of the potential and pitfalls of U.S. and world history education; information to help teachers expect, and get good performance from students of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; strateiges for incorporating project-oriented self-learning, having students conduct online historical reserch, and teaching historiography; ideas from teachers across the country.

Letters to a Young Teacher

Letters to a Young Teacher
Author: Jonathan Kozol
Publsiher: Broadway Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2007
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9780307393722

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The author shared personal reflections, anecdotes, wisdom, and guidance in his letters to Francesca, a first-year teacher, as he attempted to help her deal with the challenges she faced and encouraged her to do her best.

Issues Alternatives in Educational Philosophy

Issues   Alternatives in Educational Philosophy
Author: George R. Knight
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 171
Release: 1998
Genre: Education
ISBN: UOM:39015045692061

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A clear, brief, broad-spectrum survey of philosophies and philosophic issues relating to education, highlighting the relationship between philosophic starting points and educational outcomes--between theory and practice. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Building a Better Teacher How Teaching Works and How to Teach It to Everyone

Building a Better Teacher  How Teaching Works  and How to Teach It to Everyone
Author: Elizabeth Green
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2014-08-04
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9780393244151

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A New York Times Notable Book "A must-read book for every American teacher and taxpayer." —Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World Launched with a hugely popular New York Times Magazine cover story, Building a Better Teacher sparked a national conversation about teacher quality and established Elizabeth Green as a leading voice in education. Green's fascinating and accessible narrative dispels the common myth of the "natural-born teacher" and introduces maverick educators exploring the science behind their art. Her dramatic account reveals that great teaching is not magic, but a skill—a skill that can be taught. Now with a new afterword that offers a guide on how to identify—and support—great teachers, this provocative and hopeful book "should be part of every new teacher’s education" (Washington Post).

A Hope in the Unseen

A Hope in the Unseen
Author: Ron Suskind
Publsiher: Crown
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2010-08-18
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9780307763082

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The inspiring, true coming-of-age story of a ferociously determined young man who, armed only with his intellect and his willpower, fights his way out of despair. In 1993, Cedric Jennings was a bright and ferociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.’s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate was well into double digits and just 80 students out of more than 1,350 boasted an average of B or better. At Ballou, Cedric had almost no friends. He ate lunch in a classroom most days, plowing through the extra work he asked for, knowing that he was really competing with kids from other, harder schools. Cedric Jennings’s driving ambition—which was fully supported by his forceful mother—was to attend a top college. In September 1995, after years of near superhuman dedication, he realized that ambition when he began as a freshman at Brown University. But he didn't leave his struggles behind. He found himself unprepared for college: he struggled to master classwork and fit in with the white upper-class students. Having traveled too far to turn back, Cedric was left to rely on his intelligence and his determination to maintain hope in the unseen—a future of acceptance and reward. In this updated edition, A Hope in the Unseen chronicles Cedric’s odyssey during his last two years of high school, follows him through his difficult first year at Brown, and tells the story of his subsequent successes in college and the world of work. Eye-opening, sometimes humorous, and often deeply moving, A Hope in the Unseen weaves a crucial new thread into the rich and ongoing narrative of the American experience.

School Wars The Battle for Britain s Education

School Wars  The Battle for Britain s Education
Author: Melissa Benn
Publsiher: Verso Books
Total Pages: 233
Release: 2011-11-21
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9781844677368

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The story of the struggle for Britain’s schools, and a passionate call for education as a public good. School Wars tells the story of the struggle for Britain’s education system. Established during the 1960s and based on the progressive ideal of good schools for all, the comprehensive system has over the past decades come under sustained attack from successive governments. Now, with the growing inequalities of our current system, the damaging impact of spending cuts, the rise of “free schools” and the growth of the private sector in education, the values embodied in the comprehensive ideal are under threat. The situation is expertly anatomized by journalist and educational campaigner Melissa Benn, who explores the dangerous example of US education reform, where privatization, punitive accountability and the rise of charter schools have intensified social, economic and ethnic divisions. The policies of successive British governments have been muddled and confused, but one thing is clear: that the relentless application of market principles signals a fundamental shift from the ideal of quality education as a public good, to education as market-controlled commodity. Benn ends by outlining some key principles for restoring strong educational values within a fair, non-selective public education system.

How to Be Heard

How to Be Heard
Author: Celine Coggins
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2017-07-31
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9781119373995

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THE BOOK FOR EVERY TEACHER WHO HAS EVER BEEN FRUSTRATED BY THE DECISIONS MADE OUTSIDE THEIR SCHOOL THAT AFFECT THE STUDENTS INSIDE THEIR SCHOOL. How to Be Heard offers every teacher 10 ways to successfully amplify his or her voice, and demonstrates that when teachers' voices are heard, they will be rightfully recognized and supported as change leaders in their schools. Celine Coggins, a renowned teacher advocate, offers nuts-and-bolts strategies that are recognized as the "price of admission" to becoming a credible and welcomed participant in important policy conversations and decisions. The author clearly demonstrates that it is not only possible for teachers to initiate change, but to also effectively participate on the policy playing field. In ten clear chapters, the author demonstrates how teachers can and must advocate for their students and their profession. Throughout this book Coggins proves that "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu." This how-to guide is filled with concrete ideas for engaging in productive decision-making, using real-world examples from teachers who have successfully used these strategies. PRAISE FOR HOW TO BE HEARD "This book is a must-read for teachers. It's filled with insight on how our educators can influence game-changing policy and practice while putting kids' success at the forefront." —Hanna Skandera, Secretary of Education, State of New Mexico "Teachers have a voice, and in this book Celine teaches educators how to strategically use it. It's like the Teach Plus Fellowship in a bottle!" —Marilyn Rhames, writer, nonprofit leader, and Teach Plus Fellowship alumna "In How to Be Heard, Celine shares her belief in the creative power of teaching with the lessons learned from her years leading Teach Plus—lessons that can help every teacher to understand the intricacies of policy, to develop skills in advocacy, and to escape the frustration of not being heard in decisions that affect their classrooms and their students." —Steve Robinson, teacher and former White House education adviser under President Obama

Teach Truth to Power

Teach Truth to Power
Author: David R. Garcia
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2022-02-08
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9780262367615

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How academics and researchers can influence education policy: putting research in a policy context, finding unexpected allies, interacting with politicians, and more. Scholarly books and journal articles routinely close with policy recommendations. Yet these recommendations rarely reach politicians. How can academics engage more effectively in the policy process? In Teach Truth to Power, David Garcia offers a how-to guide for scholars and researchers who want to influence education policy, explaining strategies for putting research in a policy context, getting “in the room” where policy happens, finding unexpected allies, interacting with politicians, and more. Countering conventional wisdom about research utilization (also referred to as knowledge mobilization), Garcia explains that engaging in education policy is not a science, it is a craft—a combination of acquired knowledge and intuition that must be learned through practice. Engaging in policy is an interpersonal process; academics who hope to influence policy have to get face-to-face with the politicians who create policy. Garcia’s experience as trusted insider, researcher, and political candidate make him uniquely qualified to offer a roadmap that connects research to policy. He explains that academics can leverage their content expertise to build relationships with politicians (even before they are politicians); demonstrates the effectiveness of the research one-pager; and shows how academics can teach politicians to be champions of research.

The Hero Two Doors Down Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend

The Hero Two Doors Down  Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend
Author: Sharon Robinson
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2016-01-26
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9780545804530

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Stephen Satlow is an eight-year-old boy living in Brooklyn, New York, which means he only cares about one thing - the Dodgers. Steve and his father spend hours reading the sports pages and listening to games on the radio. Aside from an occasional run-in with his teacher, life is pretty simple for Steve. But then Steve hears a rumor that an African American family is moving to his all-Jewish neighborhood. It's 1948 and some of his neighbors are against it. Steve knows this is wrong. His hero, Jackie Robinson, broke the color barrier in baseball the year before. Then it happens--Steve's new neighbor is none other than Jackie Robinson! Steve is beyond excited about living two doors down from the Robinson family. He can't wait to meet Jackie. This is going to be the best baseball season yet! How many kids ever get to become friends with their hero?

The Great School Wars

The Great School Wars
Author: Diane Ravitch
Publsiher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 449
Release: 2000-07-14
Genre: Education
ISBN: 0801864712

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"Eases quietly into a ferociously angry subject... Diane Ravitch affirms her faith in the American dream despite a detailed narrative which suggests, if anything, that education in New York has fairly consistently failed those who needed it most... Meticulously detailed and strains for fairness and impartiality." -- New York Times

The Prize

The Prize
Author: Dale Russakoff
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2015-09-08
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 9780547840055

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As serialized in the New Yorker, a roiling, behind-the-scenes look at the high-pressure race to turn around Newark's failing schools, with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Governor Chris Christie, and Senator Cory Booker in eyebrow-raising leading roles

How to Finish the Test When Your Pencil Breaks

How to Finish the Test When Your Pencil Breaks
Author: Cari Harris
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 118
Release: 2013-05
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 0615815146

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Surprise! You've just been laid off from the teaching position in which you have so passionately invested your time, talents and heart for years! What now? Hundreds of thousands of American teachers have been laid off in the last four years as a result of the long term recession that continues to challenge the country's economy. In this book, one of those teachers shares what that experience was like for her, how she coped with unexpected unemployment, and what she learned about finding her way as a teacher without a classroom. Full of not only truthful reflection and encouragement for teachers facing similar situations, this book also offers practical tips for how to handle lay-off and unemployment, and how to prepare yourself as an education professional to expand your career outside your classroom. These are uncertain times, but teachers don't need to feel uncertain about their careers. There IS life as an education professional after lay-off!