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The Teacher Wars
The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession | Dana Goldstein
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 schoolsinstituting merit pay, evaluating teachers by student test scores, ranking and firing veteran teachers, and recruiting elite graduates to teachare 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 nations 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.
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MEGR
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Leelee.reads
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I'm fortunate to work at a truly exceptional public high school, but am still nervous to dive into this. Afraid I'll feel discouraged, insulted, enraged and dismayed at the way the system functions overall and by how our profession is often viewed by others. Those who've read it - any chance I'll come away feeling inspired? 🤓

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kristinshafel
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WTAF. Being an academically trained musician (two composition degrees), and married to a composition professor, we talk about measuring "success" in subjective areas such as the arts all the time. This shit makes me crazy. "Draw a picture of how your hands look" for a gym class!? Ok how does that evaluate a gym teacher, for real. None of this has anything to do with kids learning or actually assessing a teacher's effectiveness.

diovival The hell? Boooooo. 6y
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kristinshafel
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Here's what I'm going to work on for Dewey's 24-hour #readathon, with particular focus on The Teacher Wars. It starts at 8pm tonight here in Singapore, so most of my participation will begin around hour 11 or 12, I think. I most likely won't hit up the mini-challenges, but I'll try to hop on here and twitter some, with a blog post too. I hope everybody has fun with it this weekend!

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kristinshafel
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We've been dealing with this shit forever. 😡

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MrBook
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(Re-post) What an eye-opening read! This is a history of education in America, & I learned *a lot* from it, even after taking college educational history courses (go figure). By no means exhaustive, and a bit on the dry side, this title provides excellent grounding for understanding how & why our education system works the way it does today. DG is thankfully balanced in her approach. 4 stars! #PairWith: Lost Vineyards Chardonnay, slightly chilled.

Ellsbeth I've been curious about this book. Thanks for the review! 6y
hollytucker Wow--need to pick this one up. (I'm a teacher.) 6y
LindaGrace812 That De Vos woman ought to read it since she knows nothing about the American public education system but is inexplicably now in charge of said system. 6y
Ksvz Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto might be of interest to you. It is a very different take on public education. I'm on what seems to be an endless wait list for The Teacher Wars. 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 6y
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jesstothefuture
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A captivating book that ties the long and tumultuous history of teaching to challenges facing the profession--really, facing education--today. I learned so much, and have so many things I want to look into further. Now to make notes out of all those flags before I return it to the library!
4.5/5 stars

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jesstothefuture
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I didn't learn about any of these people--or any black education theorists at all--in my teacher-prep program. 🤔😐 Theorists mentioned here: Lisa Delpit & Gloria Ladson Billings. Model teachers: Charlotte Forten & Anna Julia Cooper.

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jesstothefuture
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hwheaties 🙌🏼 6y
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jesstothefuture
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The father's full quote: "I don't know Susan B. Anthony and I suppose I never shall, but she's a woman who is working for a cause, a just cause, and I will not allow my children to listen to any half-baked nincompoop who sneers at her."

So in addition to being a fascinating history of my sometime profession, the writing's amazing! ?

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BookBabe
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#BookNLunch! @MrBook and I are enjoying a meal and discussion about The Teacher Wars with #ThePoconoBookClub! Book gift swap to follow 😃

jpmcwisemorgan #tatertots! I have friends and family members who are teachers. Many left or retired as soon as they could because they couldn't take it anymore. 6y
Shvonne When my mom retired from the Air Force, she became a teacher. Not sure which career stresses her out more. 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😎👍🏻 6y
Brenley Ooh this looks so good! 6y
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MrBook
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#ThePoconoBookClub meeting! What a high-energy discussion!! If your book club reads non-fiction, this would be a great selection to read and discuss. Then again, many of our members are in the teaching profession, lol, but still. This is a great packed house today. Cheesesteak and tater tots and Coke, by the way 😋!

Bambolina_81 This sounds like an interesting read...I'm a teacher in the UK and wonder how the experiences are similar/differ. 6y
samwinchester90 Both my parents were teachers for 20+ years. Definitely adding to my TBR stack. 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😎👍🏻 6y
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BookBabe 👍🏻 6y
kspenmoll I will have to read it ! 6y
MrBook @Bambolina_81 Huh, it would definitely provide perspective 😊👍🏻! @samwinchester90 Oh, nice! Some of the teachers lived through some of the events she discusses in the book. They were very happy with this read 😊👍🏻! @BookBabe 😁😍! @kspenmoll 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻! 6y
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MrBook
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Pickpick

What an eye-opening read! This is a history of education in America, and I learned *a lot* from it, even after taking educational history courses in college (go figure). By no means exhaustive, and a bit on the dry side, this title provides excellent grounding for understanding how & why our education system works the way it does today. DG is thankfully balanced in her approach. 4 stars! #PairWith: Lost Vineyards Chardonnay, slightly chilled.

geodynamical_nonfiction @Eggs Check this out 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 6y
MrBook @geodynamical 😁👍🏻! 6y
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MrBook
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#BookNLunch! Accompaniment this chilly afternoon is my famous nacho plate: tortilla chips, olives, salami, pepperoni, 7 kinds of shredded cheeses, and herbs & spices. With Coke! MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

KVanRead Yum! I think I have those same dishes! 6y
Jinjer Oh dear me those nachos look so good! Nachos are my favorite food. Would never have thought to put those yummy ingredients on tortilla chips!!!! 6y
MrBook @KVanRead 😁🙌🏻 #KindredSpirits! @Jinjer 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻! 6y
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LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6y
WordWaller 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 that looks simply amazing 6y
Cortg Looks delish! 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😎👍🏻 6y
audiothing Olives! Lovely. I don't think I could even name 7 cheeses 🤔 6y
Bostonmomx2 @audiothing lol @ the cheese comment. Me either 😂😂 6y
MrBook @LeahBergen 😊👍🏻! @WordWaller 😁👍🏻!!! @Cortg Thank you 😊👍🏻! @audiothing @Bostonmomx2 😂👏🏻🙌🏻! 6y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this evening: steamed clams in butter and garlic; teriyaki wings with ranch (not pictured); and Yuengling on draft. MMMMmmm 😋!!! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

DanaKristine Those clams look incredible! 6y
Reviewsbylola 😍😍 6y
ephemeralwaltz Oh my 😍😍 6y
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JSW Nothing better than steamed clams. 👍🏼 6y
britt_brooke Draft Yuengling. 👌🏻👌🏻🍻 We're lucky to get it bottled down here in Tennessee. 6y
MrBook @DanaKristine They were soooo goooood 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!! @Reviewsbylola 😎👌🏻! @ephemeralwaltz Another clam lover in the Litsy house 😁👍🏻?! @JSW Oh yeah #KindredSpirits 😎🙌🏻!! @britt_brooke Draft Yuengling is more prominent up this way than any other beer 😂👏🏻. A PA legend. 6y
britt_brooke @MrBook Yes, the first time I ever had it was traveling in NJ and PA. Then it was years before I had it again. 6y
BookBabe 😊😋👍🏻 6y
Zelma And, now I'm hungry. 🙄 #blamelitsy and @MrBook 6y
ephemeralwaltz @MrBook without a doubt! 6y
MrBook @britt_brooke 😳 Years?! The shaame! @BookBabe 😍😍😍! @Zelma 😂👏🏻🙌🏻!! @ephemeralwaltz 😉👍🏻! 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😎👍🏻 6y
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MrBook
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BookNBrunch! From a couple hours ago, accompaniment was: cheesey scrambled eggs; crispy bacon; extra crispy TATER TOTS; toasted peasant bread; and blueberry lemonade. MMMMmmm 😋!!! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats 😎👌🏻! #mrbooktotpics

Reviewsbylola Your floral centerpiece is so pretty! 🌺🌸🌼 6y
Cinfhen My current read had the term "peasant bread" ?which of course made me chuckle, but alas no tater tots mentioned ? 6y
LeahBergen 👍🏼👍🏼 6y
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cathysaid How are you liking the book? I'm a freshman comp instructor, so thought about finding this one. 6y
theladygreer Is the Ranch for the tater tots? I used to dip mine in bleu cheese dressing. 6y
MyNamesParadise Tater tots 😱 6y
Buddys_Momma That's making me so hungry! 6y
mcipher What a feast!! 6y
MrBook @Reviewsbylola Thank you 😁👍🏻! @BookBabe put it together 😊. @Cinfhen That's so great 😁👏🏻🙌🏻! Well, 'tis only I who has discovered *the* heavenly pairing 😉👍🏻. @LeahBergen 😊👍🏻!! @cathysaid I'm 80 pages in and loving it. Learning so much! Really puts things in perspective 😁👏🏻! @theladygreer Yep, I loooooove ranch! Similar minds 😊👍🏻🙌🏻! @MyNamesParadise 😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! @Buddys_Momma Me two 😁👍🏻! @mcipher It was marvelous 😎! 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😎👌🏻 6y
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MrBook
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#BookNLunch! Accompaniment this wintry afternoon: grilled provolone and bacon sandwich, Tostitos chips, and sparkling mineral water. MMMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats 😎👌🏻!

KarenUK 🙌🙌🙌I'm grilled cheese obsessed! 6y
Skyler Great book! 6y
Abailliekaras I'm so glad you're back in the kitchen. 😜 Plus, Important book. We need good teachers (& to pay and respect them)! 33% of a child's fulfilment in life depends on it. (Or that's what they told us in teachers' college 🙄)... 😉 6y
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beagle.mama How have I never heard of this book? Thanks! 6y
UwannaPublishme Provolone cheese! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 6y
kspenmoll Great meal & book! 6y
Mariposa_Bookworm I love provolone! Mmmmmmm 6y
Ashley31 Very thought-provoking book. Interested in seeing your review. 6y
OrangeMooseReads I'm not a big fan of provolone but anything is good with bacon 6y
Chachic I love Tostitos! 6y
MrBook @KarenUK Awww yeeeaaah 😎👌🏻🙌🏻 #KindredSpirits! @Skyler I am indeed liking it this far 😊👍🏻! @Abailliekaras 😂👏🏻🙌🏻! Exactly 😊! @beagle.mama 😂👏🏻 Because you never asked the right people 😜😉👍🏻! @UwannaPublishme 😎👌🏻🙌🏻!! @kspenmoll Indubitably 😁👍🏻! @Mariposa_Bookworm 😁👏🏻🙌🏻👍🏻!! @Ashley31 It is indeed 😁👍🏻! @OrangeMooseReads 😂👏🏻👍🏻! @Chachic Mmmm, so gooood 😊👍🏻! 6y
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