While TFA operationalizes and cashes in on promoting the failed school myth all the while in partnership with corps member "success stories," what is needed most are counter-narratives that tell a more honest story about what it means to be a teacher -- and in particular, what it means to have entered teaching by way of TFA.
Education schools in the U.S. should adopt a similar methodology for selecting teacher candidates as Finland and Teach for America. When two such distinct programs demonstrate above-average results, we should take notice. Revamping the way we select our teachers can play a big role in ensuring that we are placing a high-quality educator in front of every student in America.
The bureaucrats charged with implementing the Common Core dodge the flak from right and left, pointing out that the Common Core is a set of common standards, not a prescribed curriculum. This defense, while limitedly accurate, is irrelevant. The problem with the Common Core is that it drives bad education.