“If you were a social worker you would be at the top.. social worker of the year.. but the teaching is just not there.”
-Mr. H, school principal… 1,224 more words
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A couple of weeks ago, the #ResistTFA campaign took Twitter by storm, sparking strong reactions from supporters and critics of Teach for America alike. Katie Osgood later published this article, maintaining that while there are ways in which TFA can work positively within struggling schools, TFA would need to overhaul its approach so drastically that its funders would need to overhaul their philanthropic approaches, too.
“I don’t want anybody to have a rude awakening, but I want everybody to be awake…So I guess that means that somebody will have a rude awakening.” Jalisia Taylor-Singleton, Vanderbilt Senior and 2014 Atlanta Corps Member, said these words to me this morning as we hashed out her plans for a 60th Anniversary of Brown v. 887 more words
During the first years of the Obama administration, Secretary Arne Duncan has risen to the forefront of public debates about education reform, paralleling the growing public nature of that debate that includes the entrepreneur reformers such as Bill Gates and Geoffrey Canada along with a harbinger of things to come with the popularity of the documentary… 1,142 more words
"Both TFA and KIPP are targeting student populations primarily composed of high-poverty children, children of color, and children speaking home languages other than English. TFA and KIPP are also both philosophically and theoretically controversial in terms of how to best prepare teachers and how best to teach challenging populations of students. Most importantly, however, is that the new reformers who are endorsing TFA and KIPP—such as Duncan, Gates, and Michelle Rhee—either had school experiences unlike what TFA and KIPP offer or their children are in schools unlike what TFA and KIPP offer or both. In short, those people endorsing TFA and KIPP are doing so to promote how other people’s children should be educated."
I’m pretty angry. Yesterday, I was on a panel discussing Teach For America with, among others, Josh Anderson- head of TFA Chicago. Overall, I thought the panel went well. 777 more words
Teacher and activist, Katie Osgood on "transformational change" and "fighting the civil rights issue of our time." A great article!