It's not (always) the teacher's fault: What 'no excuses' reformers get wrong about education

Dana Goldstein's excellent The Teacher Wars offers some useful lessons for those who want to transcend an age-old policy dispute

Westchester school, 1966
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What if we've got education reform all backward? That's the question posed by Dana Goldstein's fantastic new book, The Teacher Wars, which traces the history of education in America over the past 200 years.

Recounting our perpetual angst over the makeup and quality of the teaching profession, Goldstein suggests that we've put too much weight on top-down reform at the expense of grassroots-level empowerment of excellent teachers. She wants to move beyond education reform as we've known it and provides some important lessons for today's reformers along the way.

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