The Craft of Teaching is Becoming Degraded in the Name of Reform

Both the Daily Kos and Valarie Strauss posted on their blogs a letter from a teacher that exposes the contradiction between improved teaching and learning and what is being done in the name of corporate "reform." Among other things, the teacher points out that she has never been expected as a teacher to design units and lessons, and that the needs of students has become secondary to a hierarchical production mentality. The piece is worth a read.