Who's Teaching Your Children?: Why the Teacher Crisis Is Worse Than You Think and What Can Be Done About It (Google eBook)
Many of the problems afflicting American education are the result of a critical shortage of qualified teachers in the classrooms. The teacher crisis is surprisingly resistant to current reforms and is getting worse. This important book reveals the causes underlying the crisis and offers concrete, affordable proposals for effective reform.
Vivian Troen and Katherine Boles, two experienced classroom teachers and education consultants, argue that because teachers are recruited from a pool of underqualified candidates, given inadequate preparation, and dropped into a culture of isolation without mentoring, support, or incentives for excellence, they are programmed to fail. Half quit within their first five years. Troen and Boles offer an alternative, a model of reform they call the Millennium School, which changes the way teachers work and improves the quality of their teaching. When teaching becomes a real profession, they contend, more academically able people will be drawn into it, colleges will be forced to improve the quality of their education, and better-prepared teachers will enter the classroom and improve the profession.
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Review: Who's Teaching Your Children?: Why the Teacher Crisis Is Worse Than You Think and What Can Be Done About ItUser Review - Bryan457 - Goodreads
Education, a complex problem. The structure of the school and the culture of teaching are the problem. Well, I think they make a good case for this being part of the problem, but it is more complicated than that. This bored me a bit, but it was short. Read full review
Review: Who's Teaching Your Children?: Why the Teacher Crisis Is Worse Than You Think and What Can Be Done About ItUser Review - Frederick Bingham - Goodreads
The co-author is Katherine Boles. A provocative book about the teaching profession. It talks about what it is like to be a teacher nowadays, the educational system and what is wrong with it. The three ... Read full review
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