Diane Ravitch on How, and How Not, to Improve the Schools

Much of the commentary on this site criticizes the TFA organization and its practice of putting ill-trained novices into the most challenging schools.  But, “we’ve got to try something different,” defenders of TFA and other misguided market based reforms proclaim.  This rationalization might make sense if we didn’t know better.   We do know better though.  In How, and How Not, to Improve the Schools, Diane Ravitch contrasts TFA’s approach with those adopted by Finland.  She concludes, “So what does Finland teach us?  We need to raise the standards for entry into the teaching profession, and future teachers should have intensive professional and academic preparation. If we were to improve the teaching profession, then perhaps more of the talented young people who now apply to Teach for America would choose to enter teaching as a career…”

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