Guest Post Series. Part One: How Interning for TFA Convinced me of its Injustice
by Gary Rubinstein
Recently, several people have contacted me with interesting stories they wanted to share with the people who read this blog. In the coming weeks there will be more guest posts like this one from Bryn Mawr College senior Emma Gulley.
How Interning for Teach For America Convinced me of its Injustice
Over the past several months I’ve seen more and more articles critiquing Teach for America. Former corps members brought light to the injustice of their experiences. Professors explained why TFA was problematic for students. Policy experts outlined its detriment to school districts. Links to their articles popped up again and again on my Facebook newsfeed, on my Twitter timeline, and on email listservs I was a part of.
There was a kind of underground excitement I felt that I was witnessing when I saw these articles gain popularity–at last, I felt, the problems, heartache, frustration, and anxiety I had felt with TFA were coming into the light. It is now that I want to add my voice to the arena, and to be one more person standing up against Teach for America, as I try to explain how my direct involvement with Teach for America as an intern exposed to all of the dirty, secret recruiting practices and agendas of the Philadelphia offices, that convinced me of its injustice.
I sat in on my first Teach for America information session as a wide-eyed 17-year-old college freshman. It was a hot summer day in New York City and the professional shoes I had talked
On the Serving Platter: The NEA-Teach Plus “Partnership”
February 22, 2014
I think both national teachers unions have some skewed arrangement to “seek solidarity” by fastening themselves to privatizing groups. Perhaps such is an adult display of grasping to belong to the “cool kids” clique.
The “cool kids” are the ones exploding with reform philanthropy money to invest in ways to drain money from the teaching profession.
Never mind the destruction– even the looming destruction of the unions themselves.
A national teachers union’s alignment with organizations clearly opposed to traditional teaching (and non-standardized-measured “success”) must be in vogue.
A way to be “at the table”– a real “mover and shaker.”
Never mind that your “featured seat” is in the center of the table on a serving platter.
The NEA Decision to Align With Yet More Privatization
On February 20, 2014, the National Education Association (NEA) decided to seat itself on that serving platter by joining forces with the education privatization nest that is Teach Plus.
Here is the opener NEA uses to announce its decision:
For several years, the National Education Association has pressed for a shift in
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