The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession
- Publish Date: 2015-08-04
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Dana Goldstein
A New York Times Bestseller
In her groundbreaking history ofÂ 175 years of American education, Dana Goldstein finds answers in the past to the controversies that plague ourÂ public schools today.
In The Teacher Wars, a rich, lively, and unprecedented history of public school teaching, Dana Goldstein reveals that teachers have been embattled for nearly two centuries. She uncovers the surprising roots of hot button issues, from teacher tenure to charter schools, and finds that recent popular ideas to improve schoolsâinstituting merit pay, evaluating teachers by student test scores, ranking and firing veteran teachers, and recruiting âeliteâ graduates to teachâare all approaches that have been tried in the past without producing widespread change. 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 âHow did we get here?â Dana Goldstein brilliantly illuminates the path forward.