The Teacher Wars, A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein; 2014;$26.95;349 pages; Doubleday, New York, NY; 978-0-385-53695-0; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 10/7/16-10/21/16
Why did I read this? It was on a list that I have been reading through, I forget which list this was on.
This is a very thorough and comprehensive history of the teaching profession which was enlightening in many ways. Seems in many ways not much has changed since the early days of one room school houses. Teachers are continually having to battle some bureaucracy. Teaching started early on simply teaching the rudimentary skills that many rural families needed. As the need for more and more teachers arose and the number of subjects increased, there was often a conflict between families, schools and teachers over what the role of the teacher and school should be. In the 20th century education became a political football and I believe became too focused on teaching to the test.
Grade-C, although this was enlightening and comprehensive it was very dry.