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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:06 PM
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TFA Has Become Embedded in New Orleans Education
Shock Doctrine, anyone?

They're everywhere: The superintendent of the state's Recovery School District. Two of his top deputies. The head of a local nonprofit that acts as gatekeeper for millions in federal dollars earmarked to start new charter schools. And when a new state school board is seated in January, the board member who will represent most of New Orleans.

At every corner of the city's education establishment, you'll find alumni of Teach for America, a group founded two decades ago to channel some of the country's most promising and ambitious college students into underserved urban classrooms.

As with so much else that defines the post-Katrina school system, the group's ubiquity in New Orleans sets the city apart, but also places it squarely at the center of national debate over the future of the teaching profession. With its profile in Louisiana growing, the same questions that have dogged the group since its founding are echoing loudly around the state.

Do its members ever stick around past their two-year teaching commitment? Are they really prepared for the grinding challenges of an inner-city classroom? And what makes TFA alumni, with only two or three years teaching experience and no formal degree in education, fit for the most important education jobs in the state?

http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2011/11/teach_for_america_has_become_e.html
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:15 PM
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1. I feel sorry for the children of New Orleans
Perhaps leaving that city wasn't such a bad idea. If all the poor leave there won't be any jobs for these TFA people there.
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saras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 03:22 PM
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2. What's with the TFA propaganda?
"a group founded two decades ago to channel some of the country's most promising and ambitious college students into underserved urban classrooms."

This is simply a lie, a cheap public relations move. The program is quite public, it's easy to compare what it does to what it says.

They're programmed (not educated) in corporate ideology. If you don't pass THAT part of the training, you don't get to be TFA. But how good you are as a teacher is pretty much irrelevant, because their job is TRAINING, not TEACHING.
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