chapter  3
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Work in Teacher Education: A Current Assessment of U.S. Teacher Education

For quite some time I have been struck, bemused, and somewhat depressed by the parallels between my work at home and my work in teacher education.1 At home my wife, Michele Seipp, (who is also the director of a local library) and I "struggle" to maintain a domestic life that nurtures and cares for our children, keeps the house in working order, prepares food for the table, and creates a setting that we like to call home-both for ourselves and our two young boys (Matthew who is four years old and Ira who is eight). At times Michele and I disagree over who should do what and when. When we get in an ornery mood we tend to pick on each other. I point out that while she "toils" in her flower gardens I tend to the more immediate chores of vacuuming and laundry. She notes that I rarely shop for our children's clothes or clean the bathrooms. And while our disagreements have never threatened our relationship, they point to the kind of conflict that occurs about and within the "second shift."2 For parents working outside the home, the chores and tasks that are required within the home-the domestic labor-frequently become a matter of reserve resources, old habits, and at times moral principles and discord. All too often it is the woman, the mother, who is saddled with the second-shift chores. She is the one who comes home after

work and works again-the second shift. She is the one who attends to the immediate and repetitive chores required by home life and children.