I’m very glad Diane posted this today, as I can’t take back the three minutes of my life reading this absolute horror: http://townsquaredelaware.com/2015/02/02/the-case-for-teach-for-america/ This was written by a 19-20 year old. Sorry kid, what in the world do you know about any of this? It read like someone paid him to write it. The only thing TFA is good at in schools is teaching to the test. That’s all they do, and this drill, test, repeat method is getting old quickly.
A group of alternative certification programs, the most significant of them being Teach for America, declared their support for the Obama administration’s plan to grade colleges of education by the test scores of the students taught by their graduates. Alternative certification teachers typically do not go to colleges of education, which is why their certification is “alternative.” Their decision to weigh in on this issue, which does not affect them, is no doubt intended to shutter the teacher prep programs where students study education for one or more years. It also is an expression of their support for value-added-measurement (VAM), which does not affect alternatively certified teachers who enter the classroom for only one or two years because they are not in teaching long enough to produce data by which to be evaluated.
The Department of Education’s proposal would make test scores the overriding purpose of education. Courses in child…
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