Teachers Undefeated

How Global Education Reform has Failed to Crush the Spirit of Educators

July 2016
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    6th July 2016
  • ISBN 9781858566788
  • Language English
  • Pages 108 pp.
  • Size 6.125" x 9.5"

Teachers Undefeated is about teachers and how they continue to do the best for their students. They do so despite clumsy interventions from governments who have no idea about how difficult they have made school life. They do so despite the fact they are pressured into producing dubious outcomes and are over-scrutinized in every aspect of their professional lives. The book is filled with testimony from teachers who still bring energy, creativity and commitment to everything they do.

The book explains how the political and economic circumstances of the past forty years play out in our classrooms on a daily basis. It discusses possibilities for collective resistance to policies that reduce the enjoyment of learning to a succession of test rehearsals and exam preparation. It is a book for serving teachers, those about to enter the profession, parents and anyone interested in preserving a rounded education for our children.

"No other publication that I know of has presented the problems so well from the teachers' perspective."

Professor Richard Pring, Honorary Research Fellow, Green Templeton College, Oxford

Foreword, by Christine Blower, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers
Introduction – From the World Bank to a classroom near you: What this book sets out to do
1. The GERM: What it is and where it comes from
2. The state we’re in and how we got here: How the GERM took hold
3. Speaking truth to power? Whose voices are here?
4. The horror, the horror: Tested to destruction
5. You lookin’ at me? Or qui custodiet ipsos custodes?
6. Ten teaching tales to brighten the gloom: Hosepipes, the Enigma code and the execution of Anne Boleyn
7. Can school leaders let the caged bird sing?
8. Doing it for themselves: How teachers can take greater control of the curriculum
9. Undefeated: But how do we become GERM free?

Jon Berry

Jon Berry is the program director for the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) at the University of Hertfordshire.