Teach for America, if you are a college student or a recent grad, particularly at a wealthy, elite college, chances are you’ve considered it as a post graduate career option.
The premise of TFA is laudable–You take a bunch of well-educated, mostly upper class kids from elite schools, put them in a summer-long teacher boot camp of sorts, and send them off to teach in the nation’s worst schools and most impoverished neighborhoods. If you are about to graduate and you don’t know what to do with your life–there could be worse things to do with your life.
But a recent article at Salon has gained a lot of attention by highlighting some of the shortcomings of the popular program. Catherine Michna writes: