Teaching: The Passion and the Profession

Discussion in 'General Education' started by Genmai, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. Genmai

    Genmai Companion

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2009
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jul 19, 2010

  2.  
  3. chebrutta

    chebrutta Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    2,489
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jul 19, 2010

    Very interesting.

    I've never really thought about Teach For America one way or the other. I can see both sides of the argument, though.
     
  4. Genmai

    Genmai Companion

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2009
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jul 20, 2010

    Teach for America (TFA) is a significant growing force in urban education, and there are many opinions about their role within the teaching profession. Read through the article - there's a broad range of opinions - and add your thoughts on the New York Times site if you like. It is quite a lively discussion:

    http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebat...improve-the-teaching-profession?ref=education


    :thanks:
     
  5. chebrutta

    chebrutta Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    2,489
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jul 20, 2010

    Oh no, I do know about Teach For America - they ran ads in my college paper at least once a week. I did read the discussion topics. I'd just never given any thought as to how it impacted education, good or bad.

    I guess I just don't have enough information to form an opinion one way or the other - do I think it's a good thing to get teachers into communities where they might not otherwise go? Absolutely. Do I think they have enough training to go into the workforce? Not really - a crash course isn't really going to prepare you to help students from the most challenging backgrounds.

    And, like I said, I see both sides of the argument from rural districts - it's absolutely wonderful that people go into these communities and try to make a difference in the classroom. But it does suck for the community when those people pick up and leave after three years for bigger and better things.

    Speaking of which - wasn't Michelle Rhee involved in TFA?
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. miss-m
Total: 397 (members: 1, guests: 376, robots: 20)
test