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After 43 Years on the Job, a Newly-Retired Teacher Reflects on What Works (or Not) in Education Reform

Liz Dwyer

Former English teacher Patrick Welsh tells the Washington Post that over the past 43 years, he's seen "countless reforms come and go; some even returned years later disguised in new education lingo." Unfortunately, says Welsh, "All of them failed to do what I believe to be key to teaching: to make students care about what they’re studying and understand how it’s relevant to their lives." What worked? Teachers sharing best practices with each other.

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