Teach for America alumni are not fly-by-night

  • Article by: Sara Pimental
  • Updated: June 26, 2013 - 7:18 PM

We are tested and diligently pursue licensure.

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wplettfanJun. 26, 13 7:36 PM

Does the author have a problem with getting a variance individually rather than a blanket variance? Also, we've been told that TFA teachers are so incredible. (In fact they pass the test BEFORE taking the classes!) Why then were some of them only "developing to proficient"? We were led to believe these people are so smart they can walk into a classroom and do magic that no Education Minnesota member can do.

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tandabuss1Jun. 26, 13 9:28 PM

Wplettfan: Are you assuming that "regular" teachers are all propicien?? HAH! I have a bridge I'd like to sell you..... I have worked with TFA candidates before--and yes, they do range. But they range at the higher end of teaching proficiency than the traditionally trained teachers I see in the secondary levels of my district--who range from truly excellent to God awful. TFA candidates range from mediocre to excellent. If I got to choose, I would chose TFA teachers for my children. Anything to avoid more of the God-awful ones.

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badcopperJun. 26, 13 9:48 PM

"they can walk into a classroom and do magic that no Education Minnesota member can do" --- well stated Plett!

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wplettfanJun. 26, 1310:04 PM

I assumed nothing about "regular" teachers. You are putting words in my mouth. I am only restating what has been said about TFA teachers lately. They are innovative, have "new methods for teaching children," and know their subject SO well that they are a can't miss solution. Now a TFA teacher is saying that isn't true. What gives? (badcopper - Feel free to use my 4th sentence again)

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ti1310Jun. 26, 1310:26 PM

---assumed nothing about "regular" teachers. You are putting words in my mouth. I am only restating what has been said about TFA teachers lately. They are innovative, have "new methods for teaching children," and know their subject SO well that they are a can't miss solution. Now a TFA teacher is saying that isn't true. What gives? (badcopper - Feel free to use my 4th sentence again)--- Lets not forget wpletfan that you've been summarily trashing the TFA program on several OP-EDs, making all kinds of statements about their supposed lack of qualifications and abilities to teach versus "professional educators". No one has ever said they are a panacea, but its people like you that defend the status quo at any cost to the detriment of the students that TFA is trying to help, inner city and rural schools where there is a lack of teachers and a huge achievement gap.

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tandabussJun. 26, 1310:35 PM

Right on,ti1310!

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wplettfanJun. 26, 1310:36 PM

ti1310 - Wrong again. If you go back and read my posts about TFA I am simply challenging the assertion that TFA is the answer to what ails us. Nothing more, nothing less.

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ti1310Jun. 26, 1311:10 PM

--- ti1310 - Wrong again. If you go back and read my posts about TFA I am simply challenging the assertion that TFA is the answer to what ails us. Nothing more, nothing less. Blatant lie on your part wplettfan, this is your post verbatim from an earlier OP-ED "Teach For America, aka Teach For Student Loan Forgiveness.".

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chuckdancerJun. 26, 1311:21 PM

Fine, tell me that there is a shortage of fully trained and qualified teachers requiring special measures to fill positions. The young lady tells us about her passion and commitment but doesn't explain why she and her friends should bypass the requirements all others have to meet before taking over a teaching position. Since no advocate has pointed out any innovations that these particular people bring with them into the system it seems to me that the shortcut given to these people exists simply to short circuit the standard licensing procedure for ideological reasons unrelated to education issues. For those claiming again that they know of teachers undeserving of their positions please start with your own school and tells us who these people are. How do you know they are unqualified and what criteria you used to base your opinion on? What efforts have you made to bring this information to the attention of the school managers? Finally, how did you get your education?

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wplettfanJun. 26, 1311:24 PM

Teach For Student Loan Forgiveness is a variable that needs to be put into the equation. Any more posts you would like to quote?

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