“The Teacher Wars” in the News

It’s been a whirlwind launch week for my book, The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession. Thank you for the many messages of support, the notes saying you bought the book, and–yes–the critiques, too! Here are some of the highlights:

My big interview with Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air

From Claudia Wallis and Alexander Nazaryan, two enthusiastic reviews in the New York Times

At The Wall Street Journal, I turn in four ways for parents to spot great teachers

With Leonard Lopate of WNYC (I’m a longtime Leonard fan!), a 40-minute radio segment on the book

 My Vox multimedia longread (an adaptation from the book) on changes at the always-controversial Teach For America

At The New Republic, Rebecca Traister and I discuss the complex relationship between feminism and the teaching profession

Also at The New Republic, one of my favorite education writers, Rick Kahlenberg, reviews my book alongside the excellent Building a Better Teacherby Elizabeth Green

NPR’s Eric Westervelt asked about the history of teachers’ unions and tenure

At USA Today, Greg Toppo prompts me to reflect on one famous teacher from the past whose ideas are relevant today, and I choose Anna Julia Cooper

At Slate, I suggest we remember the important role of the principal, too

At Vox, crack education reporter Libby Nelson asks me super smart questions on why education reform consists of so many recycled ideas

At NBC, Nona Willis Aronowitz wants to know how writing the book challenged my own conceptions about teaching and education

At Slate’s The Gist podcast, the hilarious Mike Pesca (son of a teacher) turns in a probing interview with me on the book, and what the U.S. can learn from how other nations structure the teaching profession

Warren Olney of PRI’s To The Point featured a segment on the book with teachers’ union president Lily Eskelsen Garcia, economist Eric Hanushek, principal Carol Burris, and myself