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Who Controls Teachers' Work? by Richard M. Ingersoll
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Mar 02, 2012

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Chapter 5 was the best and worst describing the multitude of ways the whole bureaucratic system works at de-skilling the teaching profession. It raises the question, What would happen if we made school a privilege not a right? It is demoralizing to read how disempowered teachers are as they "struggle to succeed in an (hierarchically) organized system that has denied them power, autonomy and resources to accomplish their goals in the first place. (p.182). I ask myself, why do teachers continue to teach under these circumstances? It's like they're martyrs. I was shocked to learn that teachers supplement the education system to the tune of a billion dollars spending their own money on materials and resources used in the classroom. (Tax deductible under NCLB).
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