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Why Teacher Quality is a Local Issue (And Why Race to the Top is a Misguided Flop)


by Jason Margolis — June 22, 2010

This commentary argues that the Obama administration's Race to The Top is based on false premises, specious Science, and a general disregard for who students and teachers are and how they actually engage in learning in schools. Instead, the author proposes a re-defining of educator quality through an anthropological lens, a re-discovering of the work of Geertz (1983), and an educational pursuit of understanding rather than a mythical "top."


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 22, 2010
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16023, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 9:56:31 AM

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  • Jason Margolis
    Washington State University, Vancouver
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    JASON MARGOLIS, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Education at Washington State University, Vancouver. His research interests include teacher leadership, and the intersection of school reform, school organization, and teacher work re-design. Recent publications include: Teacher leaders in action – motivation, morality, and money (Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2009), When teachers face teachers: Listening to the resource ‘right down the hall’ (Teaching Education, 2008), and What will keep today's teachers teaching? Looking for a hook as a new career cycle emerges (Teachers College Record, 2008).
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