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Who’s Teaching Your Children? Why the Teacher Crisis Is Worse Than You Think and What Can Be Done About It


reviewed by William I. Mitchell — 2004

coverTitle: Who’s Teaching Your Children? Why the Teacher Crisis Is Worse Than You Think and What Can Be Done About It
Author(s): Vivian Troen & Katherine C. Boles
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
ISBN: 0300097417, Pages: 222, Year: 2003
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Who’s Teaching Your Children is one of the latest books in a genre stretching back 20 years that finds fault with public education. No surprise, the authors are a pair of education consultants who have the magic elixir to set things right. Troen and Boles are two elementary teachers who met in a public school in Massachusetts about 20 years ago and discovered that they were, “pretty good teachers who could get significantly better if we collaborated” (p. 5-6). They founded a consulting business, Trilemma Solutions, and now work in higher education. Boles is a Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Troen works with professional development at Brandeis University . The authors’ thesis is that the current generation of teachers (unlike themselves) is bad and getting worse. The cause of this problem is what they refer to as the “Trilemma Disfunction.” This dysfunction is a vicious cycle in which teaching attracts academically deficient students who are trained by... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 1031-1034
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11222, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 5:52:52 PM

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  • William Mitchell
    SUNY College at Buffalo
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    William I. Mitchell is Associate Professor of History and Social Studies Education at the SUNY College at Buffalo. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia after teaching 15 years in public secondary schools. Mitchell has published articles and reviews in the OAH Magazine of History, History of Education Quarterly, Theory and Research in Social Education, The Social Science Record, and the Missouri Historical Review. He is currently working on a manuscript about the political role of history in civic education and education policy.
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