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Bill Ayers, School Union Officials Escalate Attacks on Teach for America

everyonesfacts4usall Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 9:42 AM
Not sure you can discredit Lewis here. She would be exactly who TFA would target for their program, a person of color from an Ivy league college. On another note, my brother a 20 year veteran, officer, who got his teaching degree after retirement hasn't found a job in MO. He blames TFA for taking 200 spots a year that could go to him and others. They cut in front of him and others. My feeling is that TFA is a worthwhile program when jobs are hard to fill and not competitive, but not currently when there is competition for most teaching jobs, even in cities.
Brian953 Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 1:53 PM
Being hired is not an entitlement, and therefore there is no such concept as "cutting in front" of others. The person doing the hiring takes the candidate they want from the pool of applicants. Period!
everyonesfacts4usall Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 2:56 PM
Ummmm, no (not disagreeing with the entitlement argument which I agree with.). There is a quota of 200 TFA teachers so yes they are getting jobs that others could get. Would you rather have a recent college graduate or a college graduate who also has a teaching degree and 20 years of military experience. Point is, my brother can't even get in the door. Either way, he makes more money consulting for the military than he would as a teacher.

Teach for America has been a breath of fresh air for public schools around the nation.

The group recruits top college graduates to spend several years teaching is some of our nation’s worst schools.

Most of these graduates did not plan to become professional educators, but they want to make a difference in troubled communities. They are focused on helping underprivileged children learn, and they have little interest in compensation issues or union political schemes.

That, of course, does not sit well with teachers union officials. They think Teach for America instructors are invading their turf and taking job security...