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Chapter 1: The Benefts of Coaching in Education 3

teachers who were borderline criminal. They es-chewed the idea that problems within schools are created from a variety of sources, and instead took aim directly at teachers and poor performance. Not willing to let that report go without a grade,

Educational Leadership’s Editor-in-Chief, Margaret M. Scherer, devoted the May 2010 issue to a reprisal to the Newsweek issue, placing on the cover another blackboard with white-chalk printing of a sentence repeated over and over: “We must support good teachers.” The magazine cover itself was titled The Key to Changing the Teaching Profession. In the issue are several articles focusing on the changes within education, the promise of the upcoming generation of new teachers known as “Generation Y” or the “Millennial Generation,” and a variety of ways in which teachers are gaining from a plethora of improved, technology-boosted, mentor-supported teacher-preparation pathways.

In her editorial, “What Newsweek Gets Wrong,” Scherer defends the fve million education profes-sionals while also acknowledging that, within that number, some poor teachers are bound to exist as well as some “really bad ones” that need to be weaned out of the system. She focuses her editorial “Perspectives” on the fact that placing all the problems of education on teachers does the educa-tion system a disservice and does not further the cause of producing quality educators:

Evan Thomas and Pat Wingert turn an impor-tant idea—namely, that the quality of teachers is the single most important factor in making a difference for students—on its head. They

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