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The Source: Teaching, A Most Embattled Profession

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Battles in education rage on lots of fronts: Common Core, teacher tenure, charter schools, vouchers, and standardized testing. Hot-button topics that pit students and parents  against teachers, teachers against administrators, politicians against unions and each other, and all over the best way to educate kids.

While these are today's favorite points of contention you might be surprised to hear that they are nothing new. 

In her new book, "The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession" reporter, Dana Goldstein writes that the fight over how to teach and who does it in America has been going on for two centuries. 


Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive