Summary: Commentary explores the disconnect between recent educational reforms and Americans’ beliefs about teachers and teaching.
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Rather than reward intelligence, innovation, or compassion, American educational policies tend to valorize compliance and the attainment of ever-higher test scores. Politicians in states across the country are rushing to ratify laws that tie teacher pay and tenure explicitly to test score results. It seems not to matter that, at least since World War I, in America, top scores have always been posted by the smartest students in the most affluent schools.
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