ERIC Number: EJ790563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Professionalism since "A Nation at Risk"
Grady, Michael P.; Helbling, Kristine C.; Lubeck, Dennis R.
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n8 p603-604, 607 Apr 2008
Many teachers perceive an erosion of their professionalism since "A Nation at Risk" appeared, and they have felt that erosion accelerating since the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act. Myriad factors contribute to this climate so contrary to teacher professionalism: poor funding, poor parenting, overstuffed classrooms, low-quality teachers, and the expectation that school should be the remedy for all of society's ills. One specific issue that undermines the profession of teaching is the pace and content of a teacher's daily schedule. It points to the real problem of education: the incomplete superimposing of a "factory model." "A Nation at Risk" sought to bring the best and brightest into teaching; but talented, creative, and well-educated individuals have little desire to be doubted, monitored, micromanaged, and flooded with busywork. In addition, public perception and politics have kept teachers out of the ranks of professionalism. In this article, the author contends that the only possible way to change the situation for the better is to allow teachers to play a greater role in defining professionalism. (Contains 3 notes.)
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Burnout, Faculty Mobility, Professional Development, Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers, Teaching Conditions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001