Who's Teaching Your Children?: Why the Teacher Crisis Is Worse Than You Think and What Can Be Done About It

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Education - 240 pages
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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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At first glance, this book seems like yet another addition to the overwhelming body of literature on U.S. public education reform, with little new substance. However, with a combined total of more ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Introduction
5
1 Your Children Arent Getting the Teachers They Deserve
13
2 How Teaching Got to Be This Way
25
How Bad Is It?
37
4 Mammas Dont Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Teachers
59
The Myths and Realities of Educational Reform
89
A Total Approach to Solving the Fundamental Problems of Elementary School Education
141
E Pluribus Unum
187
Notes
189
Bibliography
205
Index
211
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