Empowered Educators

Our latest Review of the Week explores how teachers can effect change

The cage-busting teacher

Hess, Frederick M. Harvard Education Press, 2015
292p index, 9781612507767 $29.95

In this book, Hess (resident scholar and director of education policy at the American Enterprise Institute) enlightens teachers, policy makers, professors, school administrators, educational scholars, and graduate students of teacher education and school administration on the many ways teachers can break out of their “cages,” lead, and make policy changes. Adopting the logic used in his previous book, Cage-Busting Leadership (2013), and based on interviews with hundreds of teachers, teacher advocates, union leaders, and others, the book details real life stories with practical and specific steps for teachers to use to improve the educational process by speaking up and leading outside of their classrooms. There are several appendixes with detailed chapter summaries, questions for further thought and explanations for each chapter, teacher-voice organizations, fellowships and leadership opportunities, a glossary of terms, and more. The book concludes with “Ten Tips for Cage-Busting Teachers.”

Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.
Reviewer: H. J. Bultinck, Northeastern Illinois University
Subject: Social & Behavioral Sciences – Education
Choice Issue: Aug 2015