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ERIC Number: EJ951818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
NO R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Blaming Teachers and Teacher Educators for the "Crises" in American Schools
Mayher, John; Rossi, Regine
English in Australia, v46 n2 p21-26 Aug 2011
In some places in the world teachers still receive professional esteem commensurate with the vital task they have chosen to fulfil. In the US this is not currently the case. Even the lip service that used to be paid to teachers seems to have vanished as the perceived crisis in the schools is more and more blamed on teachers--and especially teacher unions who are seen as defenders of the tenure that keeps incompetent teachers in the classroom--and on teacher education that has failed to prepare them adequately in the first place. This paper will explore both the illusion and reality of the perceived failure of American schools--with a focus on the literacy testing mandated by "No Child Left Behind"--and on the responsibility of teachers and teacher educators to be perceived to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001