Why Teaching is Criticized as Much as (or More Than) It's Praised

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A teacher readying her classroom for the first day of school.

The profession of teaching has been simultaneously attacked and admired, and the issues being debated in education today have been debated for many decades. Dana Goldstein reveals that teachers have been embattled for nearly two centuries in this country. Her book The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession  offers a history of public school teaching in the United States. She also looks at the questions that we still grapple with: Who should teach? What should be taught and what’s the best way to teach it? She explains how issues like tenure, unions, evaluations, and standards have become so controversial.