Why TFA is still needed...
This is a response (longer than their 4000 character limit could handle) to the posting at Education Week's TeachingNOW blog - see https://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2010/06/amid_teacher_layoffs_is_tfa_still_needed.html for the original post. First, some observations about TFA:
- TFA has proven that you can take young grads from top schools with non-teaching degrees and make teachers out of them at least as good as new grads from teaching schools.
- The TFA program appeals to participants' idealism and provides them an opportunity to spend two years in some of the most challenging school environments in the country.
- After the initial two-year commitment, some fraction stay on because they want to devote themselves to making a difference from within the classroom.