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Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers


reviewed by Dave Iasevoli — February 06, 2006

coverTitle: Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers
Author(s): Daniel Moulthrop, Nínive Clements Calegari, and Dave Eggers
Publisher: New Press, New York
ISBN: 1565849558, Pages: 355, Year: 2005
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The subtitle here precisely summarizes this book.  The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers sticks to its central purpose; namely, to argue vehemently for greater pay for teachers in the United States.  It offers a wide variety of voices, from classrooms, the academy, and government, to build a case against an educational system that forces many strong teachers to leave the profession.  Through a series of testimonials, Teachers Have It Easy does not stop with the usual rhetoric about the need for merit pay, but pushes hard for a serious salary reform movement. Moulthrop, Calegari, and Eggers polled some 200 teachers.  They also cite reports from such sources as the NEA, the U. S. Department of Education, RAND, and the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Yet this volume is far from statistics heavy.  There are only eight charts and graphs, and roughly half of this work contains the teachers’... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 06, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12319, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 1:55:42 AM

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  • Dave Iasevoli
    Teachers College
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    DAVE IASEVOLI is a member of the faculty of the English Education Program at Teachers College, where he earned his doctorate in 2003. His daughter is finishing public high school in New York City. Last year, he edited a collection of oral histories, Killing the Sky, from Rikers Island inmates whom he taught. His research interests include teaching poetry, alternative literacies, and higher education for the incarcerated.
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