Teachers: "The 40-Year Slump" Features At Least One Teacher
One of the individual experiences singled out in The American Prospect's long feature article The 40-Year Slump is teacher Kameelah Rasheed, who grew up in East Palo Alto, went to Pomona, and resisted pressures to get a PhD in order to become a teacher. She got a Master's in education instead (at Stanford), and taught at charters in California and Brooklyn (prevented from getting a district school job by the hiring freeze, she says). Then she moved to an alternative school (also a charter) and then she left the classroom to work on curriculum development -- in part because of salary issues , she says. The feature is about lost earning power for workers since 1974, and the balance between labor and management that unions (and strikes) used to provide.