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June 11, 2008

Do new teachers mean a new era in education?

Walt Gardner:

Long regarded as a monolith with predictable views on controversial issues affecting their profession, the nation's 3.2 million teachers are increasingly split along generational lines. For reformers intent on improving the country's 90,000 public schools, the division presents the possibility of change on an unprecedented scale.

"Waiting to be Won Over," a survey of 1,010 public school teachers in K-12 released in May by Education Sector, a nonpartisan think tank, concluded that the "loyalty of teachers is up for grabs." It identified several key areas where the generational differences in attitudes among teachers offer the greatest potential for transforming the system. At the same time, however, it cautioned against stereotyping teachers by years of service.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at June 11, 2008 7:33 AM
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