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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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Teacher Tenure, other Debates, and Travelling Reforms


There is no question that ‘Teacher Tenure’ is becoming a hot political issue in the United States, and one which is worth following to develop some insights about the workings of political economy of education in the US.  In the 1990s, various factions in the U.S. were engaged in heated arguments over curriculum and standards.  There were […]

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The Measurement Conundrum!


Michigan’s senate recently approved a broad overhaul to its 1937 teacher tenure act. This overhaul includes “teachers’ effectiveness,” as grounds for dismissal of tenured teachers. Teacher tenure, as the name says it all, is a form of job protection for the public school teachers, which makes it difficult for the school districts to fire the […]

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