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Education Reform in the News: Are Teachers Ignored?

Race to the Top finalists were announced last week and, probably not coincidentally, teachers and education have been in the news recently.  Newsweek and the New York Times Magazine, mainstream publications with a wide reach, have had features on teachers and teaching: Why We Must Fire Bad Teachers and Building a Better Teacher.

Meanwhile the education community is talking about Diane Ravitch’s new book and new take on education reform (read BlogCEA contributor Bob Murphy’s review), and Linda Darling-Hammond has a new book out too.

Scholastic issued a report with the results of a survey of 40,000 U.S. public school teachers.  “The results show many teachers feel ignored in the debate over how to improve America’s schools.”

Have you had the time to read any of these articles and discuss them with your colleagues?  Do you agree that teachers are ignored when it comes to discussions about school reform?  Share your thoughts in the comments.

2 Comments
  1. salome #

    Teacher, and parent involvement in the initial planning of school/education reform is absolutely essential for success of any reform of U.S. schools.

    The impotence of teachers and parents, especially those involved with high risk student populations, has caused a huge morale problem, and energy drain, on the adults that are actually necessary to turn around minimally-motivated and under-prepared students. The teachers working with our at risk students are exhausted, and they are asked to constantly push that rock back up that mountain, again, and again. The commitment that I have seen in teaching in those schools is phenomenal. However, this anti-teacher climate is draining the energy from even the most devoted teachers, no matter WHAT their age.

    I was so hoping that the new administration would refocus money and support into positive and research-based (not necessarily data-driven) education, but this is not the case. When children are proven to respond to positive, focused, non-competitive environments by achieving substantially, why would this not be true of teachers, and parents?? It IS true of adults, as well as children. If the 21st Century Learner research has shown nothing else, it has shown us THAT.

    March 25, 2010
  2. I have been reading about these issues, and even wrote about it (http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/2010/03/whos-responsible-for-failing.html).

    And, yes, I feel like teachers are ignored about education issues. Politicians, who don’t seem to really understand the true issues, are the ones making all the rules and decisions with no input from teachers. Even at the school and district level, administrators, who are sometimes more politician than educator, make changes to things with no input from the classroom teachers who actually know and will have to implement their ideas.

    If you want to fix education, you need to involve teachers. Period.

    March 12, 2010

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