The question that everyone is trying to answer is how we make our schools better for our kids. It seems like everyone has an opinion as to what the best solution is. Personally, I don't quite know what the right answer is. So I decided to join Teach for America to find out.
Why are our technological miracles being devoted to command and control, as opposed to liberating children's minds? As long as we are obsessed with primitive standardized test "outcomes," technology will primarily be used as a weapon.
If true believers in pro-market solutions conclude that their theories failed because public schools are beyond reform, privatization could be the next big solution that exacerbates of educational problems.
The two-year noncommittal model of recruitment is amazing for attracting high-achieving students, but it is not sustainable for jobs that require a long-term commitment. Just like Goldman Sachs, Teach for America should scale down their two-year program.
It troubles me to think that the teaching profession, which has traditionally been a gateway to the middle class for poor and working class children, is being scrapped to give temporary jobs to college graduates from elite institutions.
Philadelphians are strong. We endure. The school district of Philadelphia is the second oldest public school system in the United States of America. And throughout that almost 200-year history, our schools have faced some severe challenges.
I'm trying to be sincere when I question TFA. I just can't see its long-term benefits to education and the teaching profession. Even as a short-term stopgap measure in high-needs areas, I think it's doing more harm to teaching than good.