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Reclaiming the Classroom : How America's Teachers Lost Control of Education and How They Can Get It Back
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ABOUT RECLAIMING THE CLASSROOMWith increasing pressure to conform to state mandates and drive test scores, today’sK-12 educators may feel like they have little control in their own classrooms. The individualneeds of the student—and the indispensable role of the teacher—can takea backseat to bureaucracy and so-called progress, making teachers accountable tohigh-stake test scores, not to what matters most: student learning.Despite all the inaccurate and negative rhetoric about teachers in America, there isstill a way to reinstate teachers as the most vital source of classroom innovation andchange the trajectory of K-12 education. Reclaiming the Classroom traces society’sjourney from trust to fear around education in general and teachers in particular,offering a road back to professionalism, autonomy, and respect.