Education is threatened on a global scale by forces of neoliberalism, through high stakes accountability, privatization and a destructive language of learning. In all respects, a GERM (Global Education Reform Movement) has erupted from international benchmark rankings such as PISA, TIMMS and PIRL, causing inequity, narrowing of the curriculum and teacher deprofessionalization on a truly global scale.

In this book, teachers from around the world and other educational experts such as Andy Hargreaves, Ann Lieberman, Stephen Ball, Gert Biesta, Tom Bennett and many more, make the case to move away from this uneducational economic approach, to instead embrace a more humane, more democratic approach to education. This approach is called ‘flipping the system’, a move that places teachers exactly where they need to be - at the steering wheel of educational systems worldwide.

This book will appeal to teachers and other education professionals around the world.

chapter |8 pages


ByJelmer Evers, René Kneyber

part I|67 pages

A Global Problem

chapter 1|14 pages

Testing towards Utopia

Performativity, Pedagogy and the Teaching Profession
ByAlderik Visser

chapter 2|14 pages

Measuring What Doesn't Matter

The Nonsense and Sense of Testing and Accountability
ByDick van der Wateren, Audrey Amrein-Beardsley

chapter 3|9 pages

On Neoliberalism and How It Travels

Interview with Stephen Ball
ByRené Kneyber

chapter 1|3 pages

Changing Education in Action

Cambodia: The Embattled Teacher
ByWilliam C. Brehm

chapter 4|24 pages

The Effects of Accountability

A Case Study from Indonesia
ByArt Broekman

chapter 2|4 pages

Changing Education in Action

Georgia: The Conflicted Teacher
BySophia Gorgodze

chapter 5|4 pages

On Quality and Professionalism

Interview with Thijs Jansen
ByRené Kneyber

part II|72 pages

A New Paradigm

chapter 6|12 pages

Good Education and the Teacher

Reclaiming Educational Professionalism
ByGert Biesta

chapter 7|17 pages

Non-Positional Teacher Leadership

Distributed Leadership and Self-Efficacy
ByJohn Bangs, David Frost

chapter 8|12 pages

The Teachers' Voice

Teacher Unions at the Heart of a New Democratic Professionalism
ByHoward Stevenson, Alison Gilliland

chapter 9|14 pages

Autonomy and Transparency

Two Good Ideas Gone Bad
ByAndy Hargreaves

chapter 10|15 pages

Teacher Agency

What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
ByMark Priestley, Gert Biesta, Sarah Robinson

part III|57 pages

Changing the System

chapter 11|11 pages

Whole-Systems Approach

Professional Capital in Singapore
ByPak Tee Ng

chapter 3|3 pages

Changing Education in Action

Singapore: The Inquiring Teacher
ByJohn Yeo

chapter 12|16 pages

Finnish Schools and the Global Education Reform Movement

ByPasi Sahlberg

chapter 4|3 pages

Changing Education in Action

Finland: The Collaborating Teacher
ByTim Walker

chapter 13|13 pages

Teacher-Powered Schools

Rising Above Education's Blame Culture
ByKim Farris-Berg, Edward J. Dirkswager

chapter 14|15 pages

From Top-Down to Inside-Out

Working in a Teacher-Powered School
ByLori Nazareno

chapter 5|3 pages

Changing Education in Action

Mexico: The Embracing Teacher
ByElisa Guerra

part IV|80 pages

A Question of Mindset

chapter 15|17 pages

Teacher Leadership

A Reinvented Teaching Profession
ByBarnett Berry, Noah Zeichner, Rachel Evans

chapter 16|4 pages

On Peer Review and Maker Education

Interview with Arjan van der Meij
ByRené Kneyber

chapter 17|20 pages

Teacher Learning and Leadership Program

Professional Development For and By Teachers
ByAnn Lieberman, Carol Campbell, Anna Yashkina

chapter 6|6 pages

Changing Education in Action

Sweden: The Cared-For Teacher
ByEva Hartell

chapter 7|3 pages

Changing Education in Action

Russia: The Informed Teacher
ByArtiom Soloveychik, Jelmer Evers

chapter 18|11 pages

The Polite Revolution in Research and Education

ByTom Bennett

chapter 8|3 pages

Changing Education in Action

Korea: The Travelling Teacher
ByJelmer Evers

chapter 19|19 pages

Supporting and Empowering Teachers

The Role of School–Community Partnerships
ByHelen Janc Malone, Reuben Jacobson

chapter 9|3 pages

Changing Education in Action

Australia: The Connected Teacher
ByMatt Esterman

chapter |7 pages


Flipping the Education System
ByJelmer Evers, René Kneyber