Review: The Work and Lives of Teachers: A Global Perspective

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Book Review

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Teachers College Record


In this age of the global assault on public education, placing the experiences and voices of real teachers at the center of discussion is a necessary move to counter the neoliberal standard under which privatization, if not downright privation, marches. The work and lives of teachers: A global perspective by Rosetta Marantz Cohen could not have come at a better time. Working with seven high school teachers in seven countries and regions, all selected because of their role in the PISA testing system, Marantz Cohen creates "ethnographic portraits" to understand the status of teachers within very different educational systems by "documenting [their] work through the eyes and words of individual practitioners" (p. 2).