I think that passion for educating youth is an important component of the job. But it's not the only component. Very often, it's not even the most vital. And I've seen no evidence that that same passion for educating youth is absent in candidates who have gone through the traditional preparation to teach. In its time, TFA may have had its use. Not in this region, where there has always been a glut of teachers. But in some parts of the country, perhaps. Now it seems that it's an idea whose time has come and gone in most areas. Most parts of the country, inner cities included, have far more applicants than jobs. It makes no sense to me to hire someone with no training over someone with training. Teaching, or at least teaching well, is far more complicated than showing up with a passion for educating youth. But I think the point that some are making on this thread is that it's pointless to rail against the unfairness of it all. If a district has committed to TFA for this calendar year, then pass them by and look elsewhere.