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New Book Looks At The Struggles Teachers Faced Throughout History

New Book Looks At The Struggles Teachers Still Face Throughout History

There are plenty of topics to discuss in education. From Common Core to the evaluation of teachers, hundreds of educators and experts are debating on the best way to make schools a success.

In journalist Dana Goldstein's first book, "The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession," Goldstein goes against these common topics and summarizes a story in which a youthful nation tries to tackle a number of issues in the classroom, such as class, race, religion, and gender, reported The New York Times.

Writer Alexander Nazaryan said it is impossible to hate the book, and if he were still a teacher, he would leave his "tattered copy by the sputtering Xerox machine."

Goldstein ties in journalism with the history of education starting in the early 19th century when American classrooms were "presided over by, 'coarse, hard, unfeeling men.'" She then works into the early 20th century when education saw the rise of teacher unions, and mentions statistics covering professional development, lack of rewards for teachers, low salaries, and more. 

 “Watching a great teacher at work can feel like watching a magic show,” Ms. Goldstein writes after visiting an elementary school in Newark, the Times said.

"Her book is, above all, a tribute to these magicians, a plea for more wizards in the classroom," Nazaryan said. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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