Read the NY Times Book Review of “The Teacher Wars”

In the New York Times Book Review, Claudia Wallis gives The Teacher Wars a thoughtful read and a rave:

In “The Teacher Wars,” her lively account of the history of teaching, Dana Goldstein traces the numerous trends that have shaped “the most controversial profession in America.” Along the way, she demonstrates that almost every idea for reforming education over the past 25 years has been tried before — and failed to make a meaningful difference. … ideas about what to teach and how to measure learning are subject to politics and passing fads. …

One of the incidental pleasures of this book is discovering how many historic figures better known for other achievements logged time in the front of a classroom. These include Susan B. Anthony, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville and Lyndon B. Johnson. …

Stressing accountability, with no ideas for improving teaching, Goldstein says, is “like the hope that buying a scale will result in losing weight.”

Read the whole review!