Baines' research focuses on adolescent literacy, teacher preparation, and public/private partnerships. Baines is a former public teacher who has worked in over 400 schools. Baines has contributed to curricular standards in four states and has worked as consultant for Studysync, Pearson, and other organizations.
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States continue to dumb-down teacher preparation, leaving inexperienced, unprepared, completely unvetted individuals in charge of children. As a result, incidents of teacher misconduct have soared while student achievement has declined.
The military, k-12 public schools, public universities and colleges, and prisons have been transmogrified into enterprises focused on generating profits for a select few. In many cases, privatization limits accessibility, promotes segregation, increases costs, and reduces quality.
Response to teacher flight in Oklahoma, as in other states, has focused on finding warm bodies to fill classrooms, not on teacher quality. As a result, the neediest students are often taught by the least qualified teachers.