Expert Confronts Media Criticism of American Educators with New Book

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Educator and author Richard DuFour weighs in on teachers and the roadmap to success.

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This book pulls together the powerful and decisive arguments that debunk myths of the ‘failure’ of U.S. schools. It is indispensable for understanding the current political climate and vital to pointing the way forward.

The teacher shortage in the United States is nothing we haven’t heard before. Among numerous theories as to why this is the case, new book “In Praise of American Educators: And How They Can Become Even Better” explains the hardships of the profession while outlining the steps they need to take to ensure better futures for our children.

Best-selling author Dr. Richard DuFour investigates the state of education today and presents a compelling case for why contemporary American educators are the greatest generation in history. Backed by the latest research, he exposes the “phony crisis” surrounding the American education system and dives into hot-button issues including public school privatization, merit pay, teacher unions and student testing.

“This book grew out of frustration,” said DuFour. “I was frustrated that politicians and the media seemed to be waging an increasingly aggressive war not just on the public school system, but also on the educators within it. This book is intended to influence policymakers at all levels and to defend and applaud contemporary educators at the same time that it challenges them to do more.”

Jon Saphier, founder and president of Research for Better Teaching, said, “This book pulls together the powerful and decisive arguments that debunk myths of the ‘failure’ of U.S. schools. It is indispensable for understanding the current political climate and vital to pointing the way forward.”

In Praise of American Educators: And How They Can Become Even Better
By: Dr. Richard DuFour
ISBN: 9781942496571 Published by Solution Tree, July 2015
Price: US $34.95 Available at http://www.solution-tree.com

About the Author
Richard DuFour, EdD, was a public school educator for 34 years, serving as a teacher, principal and superintendent. A prolific author and sought-after consultant, he is recognized as one of the leading authorities on helping school practitioners implement the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process in their schools and districts.

About Solution Tree
Solution Tree delivers comprehensive professional development to schools and districts around the world. Solution Tree has empowered K–12 educators to raise student achievement through a wide range of services and products including educator conferences, customized district solutions for long-term professional development, books, videos, online courses and more.

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