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What's Behind the U.S. Teacher Shortage?

Quora | Posted 08.26.2016 | Education

Teaching is not a particularly well-respected position. Many people do not want to be a part of a profession that is often looked down upon. Too many of today's politicians and corporate leaders talk about the poor quality of teachers without having any idea of what they are talking about. They've never been in a classroom.

How Introverted Students Can Excel In Extrovert-Dominated Classrooms

Quiet Revolution | Rebecca Woolf | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living

Michael Norr is the kind of teacher who gets to know his kids as individuals and communicates with them differently based on their social and academic...

'I Don't Know If I Would Still Be a Teacher': The Importance of Supportive Leadership

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.11.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Ensuring that teachers develop strong professional relationships immediately upon entering school is only part of what makes up "supportive leadership," but it is a concrete example of how a school leader can not only help a teacher begin but give him a reason to stay to make a career.

The Price I'll Gladly Pay For My Kids' Education

Audrey Hayworth | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Audrey Hayworth

Most people complain about the cost of the school supplies they have to buy each year, or the amount of the supply fee they pay to the school. I witnessed such a complaint while shopping, and have been so disturbed since that I had to write about it.

The Teaching Profession: Then and Now

Vicki Cobb | Posted 02.10.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The department chair handed me a textbook to teach from. I took one look at it, and decided I couldn't inflict such dry, pedantic stuff on my students. I also noticed that my classroom door was closed and no one was watching me.

What Does an 'as-Good-as-It-Gets' Public School Look Like?

Vicki Cobb | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

Why is a school's success often achieved by subversive practices that used to be hailed as great teaching? Why can't we just go back to letting teachers do what they dreamed of doing when they entered into this profession?

Diane Ravitch's Reign of Error: A Review

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.17.2013 | Home
Mercedes Schneider

In considering my review of education historian Diane Ravitch's latest book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools, I decided to write with traditional public school teachers in mind as my audience.

Why I Am a School Teacher (Instead of a Classroom Teacher)

Abra Sussman | Posted 07.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Abra Sussman

I didn't know that I was ultimately hurting her chances of forming real, lasting, and positive habits. Why do we, teachers or otherwise, cling so closely to the image of the teacher as a lonely savior?

In Praise Of (English) Teachers

Dennis Danziger | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Dennis Danziger

When I was in elementary and middle school, it never occurred to me that teaching was actually a job. I thought of my teachers as simply people who arrived at school earlier than I did and stayed later.

Parents Mull Private, Charter Schools Amid Teachers Strike

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

* Catholic, charter schools see uptick in inquiries * Parents say costs are prohibitive By Mary Wisniewski ...

The Public Trust

Chris Lehmann | Posted 10.20.2012 | Education
Chris Lehmann

Working in the public trust must remain profound work. It has to mean an understanding that your work matters more than making widgets, and that the seriousness of purpose with which you undertake your work must matter.

Teachers Maligned As 'Radicals' In Pro-Scott Walker Flyer

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics

A conservative group in Milwaukee helped produce an anti-teacher flyer that identified the names and salaries of Janesville, Wis., public-school teach...

Missouri Bill Prohibits Discussion of Sexual Orientation in Classroom

Randy Turner | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

If a former teacher has his way, the game will change forever in Missouri schools. The students will still have their constitutional rights -- it is the teachers who will have to shed theirs at the door.

The Cost of Education

Ilana Garon | Posted 12.12.2011 | Education
Ilana Garon

The poverty of inner-city schools is one of those issues about which everyone has an opinion, but I've found that most people are hard-pressed to describe what this looks like on a day-to-day basis.

Michigan Republicans Move To Privatize Public School Teaching

Mother Jones | By Andy Kroll | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

In Michigan, a state perennially crippled by budget deficits, public school districts across the state have already outsourced their bus drivers, cafe...

Jason Cherkis

Better Off Dead: Confidential Notes Show Rick Perry's Role In Life Insurance Scheme Targeting Teachers | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two weeks before Thanksgiving in 2003, top officials from Texas Governor Rick Perry's office pitched an unusual offer to the state's ret...

Back to School

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education
Paul Stoller

For a society that is so child-centric our attitude about education, especially public education, seems sadly ironic. Public school teachers are often vilified in our everyday discourse.

Public School Teachers: Are We an Endangered Species?

Randy Turner | Posted 07.13.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

Why are people who claim they are representing the best interests of our children doing so much to damage those who provide the foundation for this country?

Survive and Thrive: Why Some Inner-City Teachers Don't Leave

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

Given the sad fact that after only a few years, so many teachers flee inner-city classrooms for suburban schools or other professions it's worth examining the reasons why some of us stick around.

The Failure of American Teachers

Randy Turner | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

For a long time, I tried to fight it. Sadly, I've had my blinders removed. Public schoolteachers have failed miserably.

If Gov. Walker Thinks Wisconsin's Illinois, Dream On

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

The question still remains: In what backwards universe could adults allow this deplorable situation to fester?

Jon Stewart and the Sheer Hypocrisy of Fox News on Teachers

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jim Wallis

I like teachers. But what I am learning from conservatives these days, especially the hosts and commentators for Fox News is that public school teachers are greedy.

One more Christian in Support of Public Education

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Photo: My youngest daughter and her 2nd grade teacher. Like many people today, I have opinions about a great many things and expertise in few. But, a...

Great Teaching: Not Just a Good Idea, It's the Law (Almost)

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

Imagine running a business with tenured employees who only need to demonstrate "competence." What would your workplace climate feel like? What kind of product would you produce?

It's Time to Debate Teacher Tenure

John Merrow | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education
John Merrow

What's the right course of action? Get rid of tenure while maintaining due process protections? Make it more difficult to achieve? Or perhaps have term contracts for five or ten years at a clip?