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Teacher Quality On The Red Carpet; Accuracy Swept Under The Rug


I have to take issue with the characterization of the Chait and Guggenheim statements as "false" and "incorrect." I would recommend instead a rebuttal that states while teachers are, indeed, important to student learning (otherwise, why pay them?) but that the statements do not take into account the context within which teachers do their exciting but difficult and underappreciated work. I would stress the interdependence of leaders and teachers -- that no principal succeeds without excellent faculty, and that few teachers are able to succeed in schools that are led by untalented, non-supportive principals. The total organizational context is much more important than any one actor/agent in the school.

Glad to see a discussion about the hidden curriculum though disappointed that the term hidden curriculum (or the gigantic body of critical pedagogy that informs it) isn't explicitly referenced. I'm not sure this reflects a teacher education culture in the US that is largely divorced from progressive and critical pedagogy more popular in the EU and Canada (where we can address ideology, empire, imperialism and capitalism in relation to educational models and structures that don't account for social factors - i.e., the basis of critical pedagogy) and simply unfamiliar or whether the term is purposefully removed because of its associations with critical (progressive) pedagogy. Hmmm.


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