Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Quick and the Ed

The Quick and the Ed

Kevin Carey comments on TFA haters:

And while it may be frustrating to advocates for the professionalization agenda that TFA complicates their narrative, that's no excuse for wasting valuable time and energy trying to tear down a program that unambiguously makes the world a better place.
"unambiguously" is a might strong word isn't it. There are many arguments about how TFA might not make the world a better place. I previously laid one out here, which boils down to the suspicion that the media's obsession with TFA deflects from other reforms that could make a much more significant dent in educational outcomes.

2 comments:

Darren said...

Having just met (and blogged about) Michelle Rhee, who founded TFA, I'm convinced she knows what she's doing. I also know a TFA alum, and she's a pretty good teacher in her own right.

I, too, am an alum of an alternative certification program, so I certainly don't have a bias against them. And being a victim of the ed school at Sacramento State, and reading about so many similar programs, I'm no fan of these teacher colleges.

TMAO said...

Darren,

Michelle Rhee founded TNTP, not TFA.