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From Bold Beginnings to an Uncertain Future: The Discipline of History and History Education by ROBERT ORRILL AND LINN SHAPIRO:
Among the most important of these [educational associations] were the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Like the start given to NCSS [National Council for the Social Studies], the impetus to form these organizations came largely from faculty in schools of education, who feared that they would have little influence in the overall educational enterprise if K-12 teachers joined and became part of the culture of the existing disciplinary associations. Although these organizations claimed to represent the interests of teachers, they were, in fact, largely led and sustained by educationists throughout the formative years of their existence. Indeed, the early governance structure first established for NCSS effectively disallowed teachers from holding leadership positions in the organization.46
OK, I say let's keep the teacher's unions and get rid of the ed schools. (That may be pretty close to Diane Ravitch's position, as a matter of fact. But I need to fact-check.)
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