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August 11, 2017

Farewell (and Cheerio) From the K-12 Contrarian

It's been three years and 111 posts. It's time to say goodbye to the K-12 Contrarian.

May 17, 2016

Beware of Teacher Education Rankings

After I shared some critical observations about the data collection and analysis techniques employed by the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recently, I got a surprise in my inbox: a response from someone at NCTQ. Here's my response.

May 10, 2016

Don't Blame Teacher-Education Programs for All of New Teachers' Challenges

You've all heard the stories about how difficult the first year of teaching can be, and many of you have probably endured it yourselves. When are we going to get serious about reforming teacher education in a way that actually addresses the problem?

April 07, 2016

Is Teacher Education Too Theoretical?

Should teacher education programs prepare new teachers for schools as they are now or schools as we would like them to be? That's the tension at the heart of the issue of whether teacher education is useful or not. Maybe all this "theoretical" teacher education isn't so bad after all.

February 15, 2016

Coming Up Short When It Comes to Teacher Shortages

When it comes to teacher shortages, we might hope that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But that seems unlikely.

January 30, 2016

What If Teachers Were More Like Airline Pilots?

What could we learn about teacher education policy by looking at the career ladders of airline pilots?

September 10, 2015

Teacher Training Isn't Dumb; Teacher Training Policy Is

A recent New York Times op-ed suggests that teachers aren't dumb—their training is. I'd go a step further than that.

June 19, 2015

Another Young Teacher Contemplates Leaving the Classroom; Whose Fault Is That?

Another teacher with outstanding potential is set to leave the classroom. Should we blame her teacher education program for that, or a larger culture that denigrates teaching and narrows our definition of educational success?

April 19, 2015

A Teacher Calling It Quits for All the Right Reasons

Another teacher is hanging it up, this time after only six years in the classroom. Should we be worried about the fact that so many teachers choose to leave the classroom so soon?

April 07, 2015

Social Studies Is Dead; Long Live Social Studies!

A former student of mine stopped in yesterday with a story to tell—and a good one, at that.

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