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Four Myths About America’s Teacher Quality Problem


by Richard M. Ingersoll — 2004

Although ensuring that our nation’s classrooms are all staffed with quality teachers is a perennially important issue in our schools, it is also among the most misunderstood. This misunderstanding centers on the supposed sources of the problem—the reasons behind the purportedly low quality of teaching in American schools—and has undermined the success of reform efforts. Underlying much of the criticism and reforms is a series of assumptions and claims as to the sources of the problems plaguing the teaching occupation. In this chapter I will focus on four of these.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 103. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 13, 2004, p. 1-33
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18562, Date Accessed: 3/24/2017 6:01:26 PM

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  • Richard Ingersoll
    University of Pennsylvania
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    RICHARD M. INGERSOLL is Associate Professor of education and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
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