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In some ways, it's almost impossible to measure the distance between the one-room schoolhouses of the frontier and the digital classrooms of today, but Dana Goldstein's The Teacher Wars convincingly shows that for parents and educators, the three questions most frequently raised and variously answered over that timespan have remained the same: Who should teach? What should be taught? Who should be held accountable for how our children learn? Of course, over the decades, these issues have materialized in new and very different ways; from debates about teacher gender and tenure to standardized testing, charter schools, and the roles of administrators and parents' groups. Slate and Atlantic education columnist author Goldstein uses character-driven chapters to elucidate the warfare that continues to engulf our schools.