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The Bookshelf: Sept. 4, 2014

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights The Teacher Wars.

The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein

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THE TEACHER WARS: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession

by Dana Goldstein

Public school teaching, writes education journalist Goldstein, is “the most controversial profession in America.” Politicized from the beginning, teaching had an aura of do-gooder, civilizing purpose. … While looking into the origins of seemingly modern controversies, such as teaching to the test and the feminization of teaching, Goldstein shows how constant the battles have been. At the same time, she turns in points that ought to condition the discussion (but probably won’t, given its shrillness), including the observation that “differences in teacher quality” have only a small bearing on test outcomes overall — which is not to say that teachers don’t matter but instead that we ought to stop relying so heavily on tests.

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