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Book Title: The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession|
The author of the book: Dana Goldstein
Date of issue: September 2nd 2014
ISBN 13: 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.
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Read information about the authorI'm a journalist and the author of "The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession." The book was published by Doubleday in 2014 and was a New York Times bestseller. It is now out in paperback.
I grew up in Ossining, New York. Then I went to Brown University, where I studied history. I've worked as a reporter and editor at The Marshall Project, The Daily Beast, and The American Prospect, and I contribute to publications like Slate, The New Republic, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.
Hopefully I will write more books! I think they will combine my interests in history, literature, gender, justice, and social policy.
I live in Brooklyn.