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ERIC Number: EJ798615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
A Vision for the Future: Collective Effort for Systemic Change
Hopkins, Megan
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n10 p737-740 Jun 2008
The quality of the teacher in the classroom is the most important factor in raising student achievement, as Linda Darling-Hammond noted, and educators should offer their students nothing less than well-trained and well-supported teachers. Providing high-quality teachers is of particular importance in low-income communities of color, where the most underprepared teachers are consistently placed and where students continually underperform in comparison to their middle-class white counterparts. Ms. Darling-Hammond describes the detrimental outcomes of the present system, one that continues to fail its students. In this article, the author argues that with its current approach, Teach for America (TFA) is not patching the "hole in the bucket" of America's teaching supply. When almost one-third of new entrants to the teaching profession leave within three years and nearly half leave within five years, TFA's two-year approach may do little more than offer a temporary plug. The author believes that in order to maintain a teaching force, particularly in the nation's most underserved communities, and to ensure this force is of the highest quality, a "systemic solution'' must be put forward. Such a systemic solution includes recruiting, preparing, and retaining excellent teachers for all students. (Contains 14 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States