Race to the Top finalists were announced last week and, probably not coincidentally, teachers and education have been in the news recently. Newsweek and the New York Times Magazine, mainstream publications with a wide reach, have had features on teachers and teaching: Why We Must Fire Bad Teachers and Building a Better Teacher.
Meanwhile the education community is talking about Diane Ravitch’s new book and new take on education reform (read BlogCEA contributor Bob Murphy’s review), and Linda Darling-Hammond has a new book out too.
Scholastic issued a report with the results of a survey of 40,000 U.S. public school teachers. “The results show many teachers feel ignored in the debate over how to improve America’s schools.”
Have you had the time to read any of these articles and discuss them with your colleagues? Do you agree that teachers are ignored when it comes to discussions about school reform? Share your thoughts in the comments.