It is not a secret that I am no fan of Teach for America. The very idea of the organization I find absolutely baffling. (Let’s cure educational inequality by exacerbating the inequality of placing poorly trained, inexperienced teachers in our neediest classrooms? Huh?) But TFA’s recent actions have sent me over the edge. Last night, on twitter, I was […]
“Wouldn’t it be refreshing to hear someone say that ‘eliminating poverty in America is the civil rights issue of our day’? Since poverty is the single most reliable predictor of poor performance in school, poor health, poor attendance, dropping out, and almost every negative indicator, wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear some of the politicians […]
Corporate education reformers love to rave about how schools that “beat the odds” are full of teachers with “high expectations”. There are echoes of George W’s “soft bigotry of low expectations” in this mantra implying that in the past, teachers–stifled no doubt by those innovation-hating unions–all had “low expectations” for their students and somehow THAT is why students […]
We’ve discussed it here before: the head of teacher evaluation in the state of LA is a 27-year-old former TFA alum. Now, Diane Ravitch adds that the head of teacher recruitment in Dallas, TX is a 29-year-old TFA alum who completed their obligatory two-year commitment. It should not surprise anyone that TFA alum, given their […]
“Ms. Kopp’s husband, Richard Barth, was an Edison executive before taking over as CEO of KIPP’s national foundation, where he has sought to decertify its New York City unions.” — Jesse James Alred One thing I’ll concede to the corporate education reformers is their uncanny ability to use anything as a sales pitch for neoliberalism […]
Dave Green: "The Inconvenient Truth Behind Teach for America and Its Inadequate Version of Teacher Training"
Continuing our teach-in from last weekend’s Occupation at ED, next up is Dave Green, who does field supervision of teacher interns for Fordham U. in NYC. This is a really well-crafted presentation by someone who has seen TFA up close and personal. Please watch and learn. The KIPP chain gangs and their emulators could not […]
An interesting text linked for me on Twitter. Check it out, never read it. But I do wonder if the TFA experience is not just some grand experiment, working on the kids and communities where both the “teachers” and the reform advocates don’t have any “skin” in the game, so to speak. They don’t live […]