The long-suffering American teacher corps

warring-teachers-243x366My new review of The Teacher Wars in the Los Angeles Review of Books opens with a comparison to Drew Gilpin Faust’s This Republic of Suffering. Here’s where it goes:

Like the battered blackboard on the book’s cover, the American public school is revealed to be a body riven with scars — some from heroic struggles, some from neglected deformities, some from mistreatment. Goldstein rehabilitates this body of knowledge for the 21st-century educational scene, frequently salving the wounds with context but occasionally cauterizing them with caustic wit. Her treatment is a book that ought to be read by all American teachers, and read twice by anyone who presumes to advise them.

Here’s the full piece.