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Nancy Bailey: What Is an "Educator"? Diane Ravitch blog

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 'Define educator for America’s schools. It’s critical to nail this down during a teacher shortage and when there are attempts to privatize public schools.' ' Make no mistake. The current drift is to deprofessionalize teaching and education so anyone at all–like Duncan, Beutner, and DeVos–can claim to be an “educator.” They are not. Some have fancy corporate titles, like “chief human resources officer,” or “chief knowledge officer,” but that’s just a way of evading the necessity of hiring trained professionals.'     'We don’t want people with inappropriate or no credentials teaching America’s children and directing their public schools.Ensuring that teachers and administrators are qualified used to be required. Since NCLB, alternative routes to teaching and educational leadership have blurred the lines and deregulated the profession.'

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