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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion
Wed Aug 15th 2012, 10:36 PM
The hubris of that organization almost makes me breathless. They have placed themselves above public school teachers, kind of like a savior crusade.

I thought of this the other night when I read that Teach for America was getting the proceeds from CBS Teachers Rock. Not public schools, TFA. They were celebrating teachers by giving the money to a private company that recruits trainees and takes the jobs of experienced teachers.

From last year:

Durham schools may get TFA help

While the budget picture looks no more pleasant than it has in past years, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Jacqueline Ellis said the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, a Raleigh-based nonprofit, has offered to cover the $3,000-per-teacher placement fee that TFA would have charged the district for the 15 teachers.

The positions that TFA teachers would fill are among 21 made available by retirements, resignations and transfers.


.."The 15 teachers primarily would be placed in math, science and exceptional children's classes -- all of which can be difficult to fill, especially in a low-performing school like Neal. TFA would also like to offer training to traditionally trained teachers who are already at the school.


There's more:

A big piece of Neal's program would be the training for veteran teachers - it's all about changing the mind-set of teachers to believe that every student can succeed, Lakis said. He said TFA is still working out the framework for the training program.


Do you see that? They are planning on bringing in TFA recruits with 5 weeks' training to tell experienced teachers how to teach and think.

That is a very ugly talking point being tossed around by the reformers...that teachers do not believe every student can succeed. It's dangerous, but unfortunately it's working.
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