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1 review for Respect for Teachers: The Rhetoric Gap and How Research on Schools is Laying the Ground for New Business Models in Education (Michael A Peter Series Critical Issues in Education and Politics (RLE))

  1. 5 out of 5

    Otto Frank

    Public policy with a snarky tone! The title is ironic -- the last thing education reform has done in the last few years, with Astroturf groups and well funded foundations, is Respect Teachers. The author shows a wide range of knowledge -- maybe too much sometimes -- but I love the episodes he picks out: Tiger Moms, Michelle Rhee on Oprah, etc. Really interesting take on how the pundits attacking teachers and public education pump us with data that is not only unreliable, but seems to be deliberat Public policy with a snarky tone! The title is ironic -- the last thing education reform has done in the last few years, with Astroturf groups and well funded foundations, is Respect Teachers. The author shows a wide range of knowledge -- maybe too much sometimes -- but I love the episodes he picks out: Tiger Moms, Michelle Rhee on Oprah, etc. Really interesting take on how the pundits attacking teachers and public education pump us with data that is not only unreliable, but seems to be deliberately distorted in order to advance private 'solutions' to the 'problem' of public education. I love the section on how advocates of 'virtual education' delineates false promises and how it is a sham. And the part on how declines in creativity (a real thing, I guess) are tied to lots of tests tying teachers hands is really thought provoking. The same can be said of the author's analysis of how people speak about 'the achievement gap' -- that the answer is kicking out 'bad teachers' when how they measure who is a 'bad teacher' is all tied up with who is teaching poorer kids. The author suggests that what might be the most interesting thing is the way in which talking points are established by major players (such as the Gates Foundation or the New Teacher Project) and were parroted by others -- other foundations, activist hedge fund managers, the Secretary of Education (Arne Duncan) and even Oprah. It seems to be a case study in hypocrisy -- people who want public school money for their own projects, like charters and virtual schools, and how they don't consider the system as a whole.

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