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Lawrence Baines

Director of Teacher Education, Berry College
Chapter Member: Georgia SSN
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About Lawrence

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.

In the News

"Privatization of America's Public Institutions," Lawrence Baines, Youtube, March 12, 2020.
Interview on the privatization of public schools Lawrence Baines, The Rick Smith Show, March 1, 2020.
"Beware! Money, Charters and Vouchers," Lawrence Baines (with Jim Machell), Tulsa World, November 16, 2019.
"Seven Concerning Facts about Privatization of the Military," Lawrence Baines (with NonDoc), September 13, 2019.

Publications

Privatizing America's Public Institutions: The Story of the American Sellout (Peter Lang, 2019).

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.

"The Teachers We Have, the Teachers We Can Get" (with Jim Machell). Teachers College Record. ID Number: 22963 (2019).

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.

"The Highly-Qualified Teacher Lie" Education Week, 24 (2017).

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.