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The Incompetent Teacher: The Challenge and the Response


reviewed by Myrna Cooper 1988

coverTitle: The Incompetent Teacher: The Challenge and the Response
Author(s): Edwin M. Bridges
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 1850000883, Pages: , Year:
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This book, even before it is opened, presents an indictment and a negation of an entire profession. In a publication ostensibly addressing solutions to the problem of teachers with limited or impaired proficiency, the title on the front cover and the précis on the back cover are both damaging and inappropriate. The most telling critique of this book may have come, oddly enough, from someone who did not read it. I was reading The Incompetent Teacher on the subway, when a stranger sat down next to me, caught a glimpse of the title, and said, “I don’t know what’s in there, but the name of that book should be ‘The Incompetent Supervisor.’” After reading the publication, I decided that the stranger was not entirely mistaken. Bridges, in his examination of the failing teacher, readily recognizes that a great number of supervisors and administrators entrusted with the responsibility for training and assisting... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 89 Number 3, 1988, p. 455-459
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 552, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 2:39:05 PM

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