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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jack Schneider: 10 Reform Claims That Teachers Should Know How To Challenge


Jack Schneider’s Ten Reform Claims That Teachers Should Know How to Challenge provides a powerful framework for educators to mobilize our much needed roles as teachers for the wider public.
In this post, I repeat his ten claims as a basis for including evidence that supports teachers (or anyone) anticipating and then challenging the flawed claims and policies coming from the reform movement, primarily driven by political leadership and advocacy without experience or expertise in education. [Each claim is posted below verbatim from Schneider.]
Claim 1: American teachers need more incentive to work hard.
Claim 2: Schools need disruptive innovation. The status quo is unacceptable.
Claim 3: The public schools are in crisis.
Claim 4: It should be easier to fire bad teachers. Tenure is a problem.
Claim 5: Schools need to teach more technology.
Claim 6: Teachers should be paid for results.
Claim 7: We need more charter schools.
Claim 8: We’re falling behind the rest of the world.
Claim 9: Teacher preparation is a sham.
Claim 10: Teachers only work nine months a year.

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