Retooling Teach For America

The high attrition rate of TFA recruits is not the only issue with how TFA operates, but it’s a big one.  In Retooling Teach For America, TFA alum, Jared Billings, says that “TFA should require a longer commitment” for it “to realize its goal of improving public schools.”  Moreover, he says that TFA “misses the point by focusing on the number of applicants rather than on potential longer-term benefits to public education. Rather than bend to the student’s perception that teaching is not prestigious enough to do long term, TFA should instead use its vast resources to encourage students to see teaching as the end goal, and TFA as a viable means to that end.”

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