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Is Teaching a Profession, an Occupation, a Calling, or a Job?

Can teaching be a true profession if you can’t take a bathroom break when nature calls?

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A Teacher Speaks Out

How do classroom teachers feel about standardized, machine-scored testing? Below is a letter from a young classroom teacher.

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Something’s Coming (Something Good)

“Something there is that doesn’t love more bubble tests And students bubbling and learning how to bubble When they might be making robots or reading Frost….” When I adapted Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” earlier this year, I was aware of the growing resentment among parents, teachers and students toward machine-scored tests and test-prep. However, I [...]

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Who Benefits From Teacher Turnover?

Because complex stories invariably involve both winners and losers, journalists are schooled to ask ‘“Who benefits?” when doing their reporting. Who benefits from teacher turnover?

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Mistreating Teachers and Students in the Name of Higher Test Scores

A few days ago I received a letter from an experienced teacher in an eastern state that recalled Yogi Berra’s observation, “Deja vu all over again.” Her story brought to mind the treatment that caused my older daughter, a talented teacher, to leave the profession, and it makes me grieve for students, teachers and the institution of public education.

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Could Teaching Become A Team Sport?

Lots of people are now talking–often with passion and intensity–about teaching as a “team sport,” but wishing won’t make it so.

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A Professional At Work

I want to tell you about a terrific teacher–and then invite you to watch her at work.

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