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New Study: Why Teachers Created a New Genre: The "I Quit" Letters by Diane Ravitch

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A new study was just released by two professors at Michigan State University analyzing what they call a new genre: the relatively new phenomenon of teachers posting their resignation letters online. Their findings suggest educators at all grade and experience levels are frustrated and disheartened by a nationwide focus on standardized tests, scripted curriculum and punitive teacher-evaluation systems. Feelings of abandonment were common in the resignation letters, the researchers said in one of the studies: 'teachers are leaving largely because oppressive policies and practices are affecting their working conditions and beliefs about themselves and education. Teacher turnover costs more than $2.2 billion in the U.S. each year and has been shown to decrease student achievement in the form of reading and math test scores.'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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