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Good history teachers relate historical matters to their students not merely as facts to be memorized but as important lessons that provide unique insights into today's changing world. Now, in an era when choice and competition in education are gaining acceptance among both parents and policymakers, it is the educational community itself that may need to heed a lesson from the past.
The Twentieth Century Fund, a nonpartisan New York City-based philanthropy devoted to "timely analyses of economic policy, foreign affairs, and domestic policy issues," issued a report in October on the history and effectiveness of efforts to privatize the public schools.
When teachers talk about teacher education, their opinions are grounded in practice. They value ideas that translate directly into a better lesson and reforms that make it more likely for children to learn. Research-based theory, the preoccupation of many schools of education, is largely irrelevant to teachers, who must deal with 20 to 35 students, five or six hours a day. As a 1994 teacher education graduate explained in a recent survey, "The professional courses exposed me to many philosophies, which were valuable, but I was totally unprepared for the impact of teaching itself."
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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