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What Keeps Teachers Going?


reviewed by Lee Anne Bell — 2004

coverTitle: What Keeps Teachers Going?
Author(s): Sonia Nieto
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807743119, Pages: 159, Year: 2003
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What keeps dedicated teachers in the classroom, especially in under-resourced urban schools?  How do such teachers persevere and succeed as educators despite often daunting challenges they face?  In this eloquent gem of a book, Sonia Nieto draws on the experiences of a group of veteran teachers to probe these questions, and in the process provides a flesh and blood portrait of the realities and rewards of an embodied teaching life.  Through their stories, Nieto renders a deeply authentic touchstone from which to challenge the illusive and often dishonest rhetoric of accountability and standards, and from which to affirm the hope and promise of a public education grounded in the work of committed, critical, and thoughtful teachers.  Nieto writes, “building on teachers’ strengths, we advance an alternative vision of what is worth cherishing in public education” (p. 8).    Nieto develops the book around themes that emerged in conversations with a group of Boston teachers in a series of retreats over the course of a year.  In the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 1015-1018
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11244, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 7:20:56 AM

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  • Lee Bell
    Barnard College
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    LEE ANNE BELL is Professor and Director of the Education Program at Barnard College. Her recent publications include “Sincere fictions: The pedagogical challenges of preparing white teachers for multicultural classrooms,” Equity and Excellence in Education, Vol. 35, No, 3, 2002 and “Telling Tales: What stories can teach us about racism,” Race, Ethnicity and Education, Vol. 6, No. 1, 3-28, 2003. She is Series Editor for the Teaching/Learning Social Justice Series at Temple University Press and serves on the editorial board for AERJ where she is currently guest co-editing a theme issue on Accountability and Equity Fifty Years after Brown v. Board of Education.
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