Reclaiming the Teaching Profession: Transforming the Dialogue on Public Education

Reclaiming the Teaching Profession: Transforming the Dialogue on Public Education

by J. Amos Hatch


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Reclaiming the Teaching Profession: Transforming the Dialogue on Public Education by J. Amos Hatch

Reclaiming the Teaching Profession gives educators (especially teachers and future teachers) and their allies a clear overview of the massive effort to dismantle public education in the United States, which includes a direct attack on teachers. The book details, and provides a systematic critique of, the shaky assumptions at the foundation of the market-based reform initiatives that dominate the contemporary education scene. It names and exposes the motives and methods of the powerful philanthropists, politicians, business moguls, and education entrepreneurs who are behind the reform movement. It provides counter narratives that public school advocates can use to talk back to those who would destroy the teaching profession and public education. It includes examples of successful acts of resistance and identifies resources for challenging reformers’ taken for granted primacy in the education debate. It concludes with strategies educators can use to “speak truth to power,” reclaim their professional status, and reshape the education landscape in ways that serve all of America’s children and preserve our democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475810301
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/26/2015
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.43(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

J. Amos Hatch is currently professor of Urban-Multicultural Teacher Education at the University of Tennessee, where he works with pre-service, masters and doctoral students who are preparing to make a difference in schools and society. He taught in urban elementary schools in Kansas City, Missouri and Jacksonville, Florida and has published seven books and over 100 articles on issues related to learning, teaching, teacher education, and educational research.

Table of Contents

Preface: We’re Not Paranoid: They Are Out to Get Teachers
Part I: Debunking the Assumptions of the Education Reform Agenda
1. Assumption 1: Public schools are failing
2. Assumption 2: Teachers are inept
3. Assumption 3: Teachers will only work hard to avoid punishment or earn external rewards
4. Assumption 4: Standards-based testing for accountability is the best way to reform schools
5. Assumption 5: Test scores accurately assess what teachers are teaching and students are learning
6. Assumption 6: Public schools need to be privatized
7. Assumption 7: Business models have direct application to education
8. Assumption 8: Teachers’ unions are a major reason why schools are so bad
9. Assumption 9: Alternative teacher licensure programs are better than traditional teacher education
10. Assumption 10: Wealthy individuals, entrepreneurs, and politicians know more about education than school professionals
Part II: Speaking Truth to Power
11. Exposing the Forces Behind Educational Reform
12. Talking Back to Those Who Would Destroy Public Education
13. Strategies for Reclaiming Our Profession

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