In her groundbreaking historical past of 175 years of American schooling, Dana Goldstein finds solutions prior to now to the controversies that plague our public faculties immediately.
Educating is a wildly contentious occupation in America, one attacked and admired in equal measure. In The Trainer Wars, a wealthy, full of life, and unprecedented historical past of public college instructing, Dana Goldstein reveals that academics have been equally embattled for practically two centuries. From the genteel founding of the frequent faculties motion within the nineteenth century to the violent inner-city instructor strikes of the 1960s and ’70s, from the dispatching of Northeastern girls to frontier schoolhouses to the founding of Educate for America on the Princeton College campus in 1989, Goldstein reveals that the identical points have continued to bedevil us: Who ought to train? What ought to be taught? Who ought to be held accountable for a way our kids study?
She uncovers the stunning roots of sizzling button points, from instructor tenure to constitution faculties, and finds that latest well-liked concepts to enhance faculties—instituting advantage pay, evaluating academics by scholar take a look at scores, rating and firing veteran academics, and recruiting “elite” graduates to show—are all approaches which were tried prior to now with out producing widespread change. And he or she additionally discovers an rising effort that stands an actual likelihood of remodeling our faculties for the higher: drawing on the very best practices of the three million public college academics we have already got with the intention to enhance studying all through our nation’s lecture rooms.
The Trainer Wars upends the dialog about American schooling by bringing the teachings of historical past to bear on the dilemmas we confront immediately. By asking “How did we get right here?” Dana Goldstein brilliantly illuminates the trail ahead.