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The Inside Story of the Teacher Revolution in America


reviewed by Julie Stewart 2006

coverTitle: The Inside Story of the Teacher Revolution in America
Author(s): Don Cameron
Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Lanham
ISBN: 1578861969, Pages: 200, Year: 2005
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According to Don Cameron, author of The Inside Story of the Teacher Revolution, the field of teaching underwent a revolution in the 1960s in which teachers’ unions flourished and grew in political and economic power.  Cameron notes that teaching has continued these “tectonic changes” (p. ix) in the period from 1960 to 2002.  In The Inside Story, Cameron presents his “personal account” of these times when NEA changed from a somewhat passive association “focused on fantasies of professionalism at all costs in order to embrace unionism” (p. 63).  His account derives from his multiple perspectives as teacher, NEA representative, negotiator, and high level administrator and is driven by his obvious passion for education, teachers, and the unions that support them. Cameron begins The Inside Story during the first years of the 1960s with his entrance into teaching in Birmingham, Michigan, where he found both the “palpable disregard for the opinions... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 156-158
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12078, Date Accessed: 3/28/2017 5:43:37 PM

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  • Julie Stewart
    Loyola University
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    JULIE STEWART is Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at Loyola University, Chicago. Currently, she is involved in the study of habits of discourse between administrators and teachers in teacher inquiry groups in urban schools.
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