Who's Teaching Your Children? [electronic resource] : Why the Teacher Crisis Is Worse Than You Think and What Can Be Done About It /
Katherine C. Boles, Vivian Troen.
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2008]
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Frontmatter -- Contents -- Foreword / Sarason, Seymour B. -- Acknowledgments -- Prologue -- Introduction -- 1. Your Children Aren't Getting the Teachers They Deserve -- 2. How Teaching Got to Be This Way -- 3. Teacher Training: How Bad Is It? -- 4. Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Teachers -- 5. Band-Aids and Boondoggles: The Myths and Realities of ''Education Reform'' -- 6. The Millennium School: A Total Approach to Solving the Fundamental Problems of Elementary Education -- Epilogue: E Pluribus Unum -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Many of the problems afflicting American education are the result of a critical shortage of qualified teachers in the classrooms. The teacher crisis is surprisingly resistant to current reforms and is getting worse. This important book reveals the causes underlying the crisis and offers concrete, affordable proposals for effective reform.Vivian Troen and Katherine Boles, two experienced classroom teachers and education consultants, argue that because teachers are recruited from a pool of underqualified candidates, given inadequate preparation, and dropped into a culture of isolation without mentoring, support, or incentives for excellence, they are programmed to fail. Half quit within their first five years. Troen and Boles offer an alternative, a model of reform they call the Millennium School, which changes the way teachers work and improves the quality of their teaching. When teaching becomes a real profession, they contend, more academically able people will be drawn into it, colleges will be forced to improve the quality of their education, and better-prepared teachers will enter the classroom and improve the profession.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2003-02-24:
Many school reform efforts are merely Band-Aids that do more harm than good and don't solve the problems they are intended to correct. According to veteran teachers Troen and Boles, "Public education has become a closed-loop system of dysfunction." The public has been inundated with critiques of education and proposals for fixing schools: conduct more testing, ax the unions, stop social promotion, raise standards, etc. However, efforts to address these problems are likely doomed to failure, say the authors, because they seldom consider the most important variable: teacher quality. This well-researched, thoughtful proposal for an overhaul of America's public education system identifies three major problems with the teaching profession: not enough academically able students are being drawn to teaching; teacher preparation programs are inadequate; and teachers' professional lives are unacceptable, "isolating" and "unsupportive." Rather than suggest radical new ideas, Troen and Boles offer a model of reform they call the "Millennium School," which gathers the best of what is known about how to transform the teaching profession and wraps it up neatly in a commonsense package. This reasoned response to the teacher crisis does not offer a quick or painless fix. It will take time, money and hard work to straighten things out. But if parents and teachers want "no child left behind," as the president proposes, Troen and Boles insist we must remedy the deep, systemic problems in the teaching profession now, before all the good teachers leave the schools. (Mar. 15) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-04-15:
At first glance, this book seems like yet another addition to the overwhelming body of literature on U.S. public education reform, with little new substance. However, with a combined total of more than 60 years of classroom teaching experience, as well as experience in educational consulting and teaching in prestigious teacher education programs, Troen and Boles provide unique insights that can only come from those who are intimately familiar with the topic. They have distilled all of the major problems with public education today into what they call "The Trilemma Dysfunction," stating that not enough academically able students are being attracted to teaching and calling for substantial improvements in teacher preparation programs. Until these fundamental issues are properly resolved, contend the authors, all attempts at educational reform are "boondoggle and Band-Aids" that cannot work in the long term. Using real-life examples from teachers, administrators, and researchers to support their argument, the authors do a good job of demonstrating how popular ideas for education reform, such as legally mandated class sizes, high-stakes testing, charter schools, and school vouchers, will all fail to yield real increases in student learning. Unlike many other books on the topic, this one actually provides a solution with a proposal for the "Millennium School," which incorporates the authors' ideas for a definite career path for teachers, collaboration, shared decision making, and more rigorous teacher training. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries, as well as school libraries and media centers that maintain a professional development collection for teachers and staff.-Mark Bay, Cumberland Coll. Lib., Williamsburg, KY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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