Bravo Dana Goldstein: Teaching is an “Embattled Profession”

I wanted to share a wonderful news story I heard on Fresh Air last night. This story is an absolute must-listen for any teacher and especially for teacher leaders. On the program, Dana Goldstein discusses her recent book “The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession.” Dana and Terry Gross talk about the history of the profession, historical challenges, and contemporary issues. I especially liked the short discussion about concerns related to standardized testing (how it can narrow the curriculum and take the focus off actual learning). Additionally, I really appreciated when Dana mentioned her concern that teachers have limited opportunities for leadership and advancement unless they take the administrative track. I share this concern, and it’s absolutely the genesis of this blog. Teachers must have and seek opportunities to lead from IN the classroom. As a profession, we must demonstrate that teacher voices are valued, give them opportunities to mentor others, and encourage teachers to tell their stories in the community. Bravo to Dana and to Terry Gross for discussing this important topic. I am really looking forward to reading this book when I get a break from doctoral studies. It’s in my Amazon wishlist! Take some time to check out this story and hopefully the book as well.

http://www.npr.org/2014/09/02/345104706/a-lesson-in-how-teachers-became-resented-and-idealized

 

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