Tag Archives: Dan C. Lortie

Long on Prescription, Short on Description…


Speaking of Lortie, there is an oft-quoted passage from the introductory pages of his book that I thought may be of interest to the readers of this blog. Schooling is long on prescription, short on description…It is ideally conceded that the core transactions of formal education take place where teachers and students meet.  Almost every […]

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Career ladders and all that…in teaching!


Several years ago, I had a long conversation with a colleague about career ladders.  I had just read Dan C. Lortie’s “Schoolteacher: A Sociological Study.” Lortie had argued that teaching was an un-staged career.  That is to say, it lacked a progression of stages through which a teacher could expect to advance.  Teachers’ responsibilities did […]

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