In antiquity, the middle ages, and up until the mid-1800s in the United States, teachers were almost entirely men. That has changed in the last 100 years; only 30% of teachers are males, and those teach primarily in secondary schools. The public's appraisal of teachers has reflected their perception of the relevance and effectiveness of teachers' contribution to the future of society. While never well paid, in some periods of history, teachers have been highly honored and respected, while at other times, scorned for their ineffectiveness — a roller-coaster ride with crests and valleys that ushered in new modes of education.


Teacher Education Charter School Military Experience Primitive Society American Revolution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Robert Houston
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  1. 1.Department of Curriculum and InstructionUniversity of HoustonHouston77204

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