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Many people agree that there are problems with our education system. The big question is - what do we do about it? It's the question we're asking in our series "Improving Utah Schools." We'll look at the world of ideas for creating better education for our kids and ask what can be done to make those ideas a reality.Image by Derek Baird/Creative Commons via flickr

The Teacher Wars

LC Thorne. Used with permission, Uintah County Library Regional History Center, all rights reserved.
Schoolchildren with Teacher, Vernal, Utah

There are many ideas about improving education, but journalist Dana Goldstein says most of them have been tried, and many of them have already failed. Goldstein has written a book that chronicles the history of what she calls America’s most embattled profession – teaching. She joins us to tell stories of what it’s been like to be a teacher throughout our nation’s history and to talk about the questions we’ve always wrestled with: who should be teaching and what should our children be learning? [Rebroadcast]

Dana Goldstein is a staff writer at The Marshall Project, a non-profit news organization which focuses on criminal justice. Goldstein's work has appeared in publications like The Atlantic and Slate, and she has served as associate editor at The Daily Beast. Her book is called The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession [Indiebound|Amazon]