Monthly Archives: January 2012

Hey Charters and TFA, You Want Me to Join With You? Then Change.

TFA and charter supporters asked Chicago teacher, KatieO, to join with them on “what we agree on”.  KatieO responds, in this article, by turning the question around, “So charter schools and TFA, no, I will not join with you on … Continue reading

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Teach For America: Doing More Harm Than Good?

Joel Boyce is a Canadian science teacher and has a hard time understanding how TFA is seen as any kind of solution for helping poor students.  He asks, “How is it that American schools find themselves forced to hire individuals … Continue reading

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A Middle School Math Teacher from the Mississippi Delta

This blog by a TFA Corps member and middle school math teacher in the Mississippi Delta provides a very honest and not very flattering look at what’s it like as a corps member.   For example, this entry looks at the … Continue reading

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Matt Damon and Mother Reject Union’s Award – because of TFA collaboration

Actor Matt Damon and his Mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige (who is Professor Emerita, in Education, at Lesley University) Reject NEA Union’s Award.  In her letter to NEA president Dennis Van Roekel she wrote: “I have decided that because of your collaboration with TFA, … Continue reading

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TFA degrades the profession of teaching

In this article, Fordham University Professor Mark Naison describes the problem of TFA treating teaching as a stepping stone.

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Check it out: Unpacking TFA Support: Twisted Logic and Assumptions

P. L. Thomas looks at some of the recent coverage of TFA moving into South Carolina at http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2011/12/unpacking-tfa-support-twisted-logic-and.html. At the bottom of the article, there are numerous links to further critiques of this coverage and of TFA.  Check it out. … Continue reading

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