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Mon Apr 1, 2013, 07:57 PM

Teach for America critics organizing ‘resistance’ at summit

A group of Teach for America alumni and students of TFA teachers who are critical of the organization are holding a summit this summer in an effort to organize against the organization that is popular with school reformers.

Teach for America recruits new college graduates, gives them five weeks of summer training and then places them in some of America’s neediest urban and rural schools as teachers, under the assumption that five weeks is enough to turn out an effective teacher. It asks that its recruits commit to two years in the classroom.

Critics says that high-needs students, who are the ones who get TFA teachers, are the children who most need veteran teachers. In fact, some veterans are now losing their jobs to TFA corps members, because TFAers are less expensive to hire, and some school teaching communities are becoming less cohesive because TFA members promise only to stay for two years and leave teaching at a greater rate than traditionally trained teachers. School reformers love the program, and the Obama administration has awarded it tens of millions of dollars, despite a lack of independent research showing that its teachers are largely effective.

Increasingly, former TFA corps members have been speaking up about problems with the program, such as in this post, in which one ex-TFAer argues that it is time for the organization to fold. (Here’s another critique from an ex-TFA corps member about his lack of preparation for troubled students, and here a professor explains why TFA can’t recruit in his classroom.)

more...http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/04/01/teach-for-america-critics-organizing-resistance-at-summit/

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Mon Apr 1, 2013, 08:31 PM

1. KICKING!

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Mon Apr 1, 2013, 10:00 PM

2. A teacher I follow on Twitter posted a thread from Reddit about it.

Many TFA and former TFA on the thread, and they were all saying it was a terrible program. Several posted over and over that their best advice was to find an experienced teacher to learn from in order to survive. Funny how the program expects us teachers in the schools to clean up their mess, too...

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