The teaching gap

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Linda Darling-Hammond writes:

“…American teachers today work harder under much more challenging conditions than teachers elsewhere in the industrialized world.They also receive less useful feedback, less helpful professional development, and have less time to collaborate to improve their work …

…one in four American children lives below the poverty line and a growing number are homeless, without regular access to food or health care, and stressed by violence and drug abuse around them …

…U.S. teachers … spend many more hours than teachers in any other country directly instructing children each week … And they work more hours in total each week than their global counterparts … with much less time in their schedules for planning, collaboration, and professional development.

the Core Opportunity Resources for Equity and Excellence Act would make headway on the school resource issues that are essential for progress:

Value teaching and teacher learning …

Redesign schools to create time for collaboration …

Create meaningful teacher evaluations that foster improvement.”

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