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Growing Minds: On Becoming a Teacher


reviewed by Frances Bolin 1987

coverTitle: Growing Minds: On Becoming a Teacher
Author(s): Herbert Kohl
Publisher: Harper Collins, New York
ISBN: 0061320897, Pages: , Year: 1989
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With all of the recent talk about improvement of the profession of teaching, it is not surprising to find corporate executives, deans of schools of education, politicians, and news journalists entering into the discussion. Nor is it necessarily inappropriate for them to do so. It would be hard to mount a convincing argument against public interest in the education of its youth. Furthermore, everyone who has been to school is an “expert” on education and can be expected to offer advice based on that expertise. What is surprising, and inappropriate, I think, is to find that for the most part, teachers have not been included in the public dialogue. They have been discussed as a problem to be investigated, or as if they were a condition in need of improvement—as impersonally as if they were cogs in some educational machinery that needs overhauling. Practicing classroom teachers are underrepresented (if represented at... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 88 Number 4, 1987, p. 617-621
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 640, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 10:20:25 PM

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