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ERIC Number: EJ932755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
Looking Past the Spin: Teach for America
Miner, Barbara
Rethinking Schools, v24 n3 p24-33 Spr 2010
Teach for America (TFA) is perceived as a major player in the education wars over the future of public schools, and a key ally of those who disparage teacher unions and schools of education, and who are enamored of entrepreneurial reforms that bolster the privatization of a once-sacred public responsibility. But what exactly is TFA's role in these education wars? Who is directing the organization and to what ends? More importantly, what is TFA's role in improving urban education? In two decades, the organization's approach to eliminating educational inequality has not changed: Recruit smart, hard-working graduates from Ivy League and other highly competitive universities, and ask them to take a hiatus from their future careers to commit two years to teaching in a low-income urban or rural school. But leaving aside issues such as poverty and inadequate school funding, it is universally acknowledged that one of the biggest problems in low-performing schools is the revolving door of inadequately prepared teachers. Does TFA's two-years-and-out commitment feed into this problem and thus exacerbate educational inequity? In this article, the author explores TFA. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri; Wisconsin