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September 23, 2009
October 02, 2009
David Kirp had a piece in The New York Times on Sunday: Teaching is not a Business. You should check it out.
My take on his piece:
All told, I’m unconvinced by Kirp’s piece. Unlike Kirp, I view structural reform as a way to increase the quality of relationships that educators have with each other—and with their students.
The best charter schools are known for their strong cultures and extensive support for teachers and students. Many traditional urban school districts, on the other hand, are known for their contentious labor environments and poor working conditions.
Perhaps if we had more structural reform, we would also have more of the personal touch that Kirp rightfully desires.