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Pressured by a society searching for a simple solution to a complex problem, educators are constantly subjected to a double standard and their work and role marginalized as insignificant despite compelling evidence to the contrary. This enlightening discussion of the misperceptions about the profession offers a thoughtful perspective on the real work done by educators and examines some of the harm done by efforts to "fix" what is wrong. There is not a group of professionals in the work world who must bear as many demands, yet who are so often undervalued as educators. Norris calls attention to the sociological and physical factors that often influence the work of educators, discussing the general perception of the teaching profession, as well as more specific issues such as reform, research, and political agendas. In a scholarly format, he reports on the double standards, demands, and high expectations that teachers are forced to overcome in order to be successful. This is must reading for anyone concerned about the status of teachers and teaching today.
1 Perceptions of Teaching 2 Professional Double Standards 3 Doing What We're Told To Do 4 Driven by Research 5 Quick Fixes 6 Tested Beyond Reason 7 School's, Realities, and Teachers' Work
Posted September 21, 2003
A great book--lovely truths about what the 'real' world is like for educators of America in the present day. The book contains contemporary research--which all educators should be aware of. A definite 'must read' for all promising and current educators.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 5, 2002
A thought provoking book ... Dr. Norris argues that educators are subjected to demands that would not be tolerated by similarly educated professionals. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the current plight of educators.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.