TFA Lowers Teaching Standards

In a brilliant analysis from Plunderbund, we can clearly see how far TFA lowers the bar for teaching standards in Ohio, especially compared to the rigorous programs already in place there.  One highlight shows how much more experience in the classroom Ohio’s traditionally trained teachers get:  “While Teach For America, Inc. only requires 50 hours of cooperative teaching during a summer school program, Ohio state law requires that prospective teachers complete a minimum of 460 hours of field experience, including 12 weeks of student teaching, with typically 6 of those weeks being full days of independent instruction, under the supervision of a university professor(s).”    This is especially troubling considering how Congress extended a provision allowing TFAers to be considered “highly qualified”.  Not the direction we should be headed to strengthen the teaching profession or address educational inequity.

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