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Important New Book: Teach For America Counter-Narratives: Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out

TFA Alum Jameson Brewer (featured here previously here) and professor Kathleen deMarrais have compiled an important new book, Teach For America Counter-Narratives: Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out.  Featuring commentary from around 20 TFA alumni, this book provides valuable perspectives … Continue reading

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My Interview with TFA Alum Ben Spielberg

Check out my interview with TFA Alum Ben Spielberg where we discuss whether and how TFA and its critics can work together.  For the most part, I’ve generally been skeptical of calls for TFA and its critics to work together.  … Continue reading

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TFA Corps Member Quits, Citing TFA’s Poor Preparation and Support

A common complaint of TFA recruits is the lack of preparation they receive for teaching and for the often very different environments they’re placed in.  This is exactly what happened to Allie, a TFA Corps Member from California who was … Continue reading

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“TFA Truth Tour” Exposing Dark Side of Corporate Education Reform

The United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) has launched a “TFA Truth Tour” to expose the dark side of corporate education reform.  “The tour will visit 15 campuses to expose the truth about TFA: not only does it fail to prepare … Continue reading

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#ResistTFA tops charts in Twitterverse

The #ResistTFA Twitter chat hit the top of Twitter trending charts on Feb 17th.   The chat was organized by Students United for Public Education (SUPE) as part of their Students Resisting TFA campaign, but garnered strong and enthusiastic support from … Continue reading

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Resources taking a critical look at TFA

Part of the reason I started this site is because most critical content on TFA was scattered in various nooks and crannies on the web.  This site allowed me to collect links to this info in one convenient place and … Continue reading

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How TFA rigs the teacher hiring process in favor of charter operators

In an insightful post, TFA: The International Brotherhood of Corporate Interests, TFA alum Chad Sommer tells how “TFA rigs the teacher hiring process in favor of charter operators.” with its strict policy whereby recruits must accept whatever offer a school … Continue reading

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TFA recruits continue to speak out

TFA recruits continue to speak out about the problems with TFA.  In Help Wanted?  McTeaching with Teach for America, two ex-TFA teachers talk about their experience and disillusionment with TFA.  And, in Tell-All From A TFA and KIPP Teacher: Unprepared, Isolation, … Continue reading

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TFA Alum: TFA newbies should be placed into teaching assistant positions their first year

In an article seemingly aimed at defending TFA from recent criticism, TFA alum Elena Kryzhanovskaya concludes with a proposal that many critics would heartily applaud:  that TFA newbies should be placed into teaching assistant positions their first year.   She proclaims, … Continue reading

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Does TFA allow dissent?

Until recently, Jay Saper was a TFA teacher in Philadelphia.  When he started speaking out about the destructive reforms taking place there, TFA told him, “Jay, your opinions need to remain silent.”  Jay was subsequently dismissed from TFA.  He recounts … Continue reading

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