Why We Teach Now dares to challenge current motions of what it means to be a "highly qualified teacher" a la No Child Left Behind, and demonstrates the depth of commitment and care teachers bring to their work with students, families, and communities. This sequal 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?" Who 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.