Edited by: Sonia Nieto
Publication Date: December 2, 2014
Why We Teach Now dares to challenge current notions of what it means to be a “highly qualified teacher” á la No Child Left Behind, and demonstrates the depth of commitment and care teachers bring to their work with students, families, and communities. This sequel to Nieto’s popular book, Why We Teach, features powerful stories of classroom teachers from across the country as they give witness to their hopes and struggles to teach our nation’s children. Why We Teach Now offers us the voices of teachers like 42-year veteran Mary Ginley, who wonders, “Why would anyone with any brains and imagination ever want to be a teacher?” She then answers her own question affirmatively, “It’s because somehow, even today, even with all the insanity, all the rules, all the poorly designed textbooks, all the directives to teach to the test, there are kids out there who need good teachers.”
At a time when politicians, policymakers, and philanthropists are quick to denigrate teachers’ work and arrogantly speak for the profession, Why We Teach Now offers teachers the room and respect to speak for themselves . Once again, Nieto gives teachers and those who care about education the inspiration and energy to embrace their role as advocates—a role that is vital not only for the well-being of students but also for the future of the profession and our nation.
Praise for Why We Teach:
“These pieces reveal the passion and hope that keep people in the classroom. Inspiration and information, Why We Teach raises our understanding of the dedication that fuels people's commitment to this profession.” – Rethinking Schools
“This collection of essays written by teachers from across the country demonstrates exactly why there is hope for our public schools. Their words reveal why--in spite of bureaucracy and low pay--they continue to teach. This book should be required reading for college students planning to enter the profession. Teachers already in the classroom, whether for five years or twenty-five, will be encouraged and inspired.” -- VOYA
Sonia Nieto is professor emerita of language, literacy, and culture at the College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the bestselling author of The Light in Their Eyes, 10th Anniversary Edition, Why We Teach, and What Keeps Teachers Going? She is the recipient of the 2019 LRA Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2021 Mass Humanities Governor's Award.
"This book is a powerful contribution to the discussion about teachers, teacher retention, and educational policy. It gives voice to an often-silenced constituency—those who are charged with teaching the nation's children and adolescents. It describes the daily struggles not only of teaching, but of teaching under the current trends."
—Journal of Education
“Sonia Nieto has done it again, this time providing us with a hopeful book featuring a collection of writings grounded in the lived experiences of outstanding teachers.”
—Luis Moll, University of Arizona
Sonia Nieto, Winner, 2019 LRA Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award
2015 Society of Professors of Education Book Award