This TFA Teacher Is Wise

This is a shame but I’m so glad that the practices of the products of a well known teacher alternative program are brought to light.

Thanks Diane!

Diane Ravitch's blog

Emma Lind is in her fourth year of teaching. She entered teaching through Teach for America and started teaching in the Mississippi Delta. She now teaches in an inner-city school in Brooklyn.

In this article, she warns Harvard seniors not to apply. She discovered the job of teaching is much harder than her TFA recruiters described.

Emma is one of the few TFA who stayed in teaching more than three years. She came to realize that she and other TFA teachers were not producing dramatic change. Students need teachers who stay in it for the long haul.

Her advice:

“There is some limited statistical evidence that TFA can be at least marginally impactful. But so few TFA teachers stay in the classroom beyond three years (more than 50 percent leave after two years and more than 80 percent leave after three), that the potential positive impact of TFA is…

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