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What's Teaching and Learning Got To Do with It?: Bills, Competitions, and Neoliberalism in the Name of Reform


by Allison Henward & Jeanne Marie Iorio — August 25, 2011

Educational reforms enacted through federal policies are directly impacting the voice of children, teachers, and teacher educators. The recently introduced bi partisan bill "Growing Excellent Achievement Training Academies for Teachers and Principals Act" frames a plan for state accreditation for teacher training academies based on student achievement. The newly introduced Race to the Top (RTT) competition, focused on early childhood, includes motivating states to receive some of the $500 million allotted to create ratings systems to score early childhood programs, write standards and related standardized tests, and expectations of what an early childhood teachers should know. Both the proposed bill and RTT competition are positioned to regulate with market driven ideology, reinforcing and reproducing social injustice and undermining democratic ideals.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 25, 2011
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16519, Date Accessed: 11/23/2017 4:37:04 AM

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  • Allison Henward
    ALLISON HENWARD is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership at The University of Memphis. Her work focuses on cultural studies of children and childhoods, specifically examining media and popular culture in preschools.
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    University of Memphis
  • Jeanne Marie Iorio
    University of Hawaii
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    JEANNE MARIE IORIO is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at University of Hawaii -- West Oahu. Her research includes examining child-adult conversations as aesthetic experiences and using arts-based methodologies to understand children's and adults' experiences.
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