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  •  Lot of problems with TFA (1+ / 0-)
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    and tagging it with #occupy is not a good idea.

    The Wiki entry is worth a read, especially the criticism section:

    According to a 2009 USA Today article, Teach For America has been criticized by opponents who claim that the program replaces experienced teachers with brand-new employees brought in at beginners' salary levels. John Wilson, executive director of the National Education Association, sent a memo in May 2009 stating that union leaders were "beginning to see school systems lay off teachers and then hire Teach For America college grads due to a contract they signed." Wilson went on to say that Teach For America brings in "the least-prepared and the least-experienced teachers" into low-income schools and makes them "the teacher of record."

    The piece goes on to detail TFA's elitism problem and much more.

    •  I think you miss the point (1+ / 0-)
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      The idea is to #occupy TFA with real teachers committed to public education, much as one would occupy wall street with real people committed to an economy that works for everyone.

      You won't the only one to miss it though. Perhaps diarist could have done a better job communicating it.

      Run for office. It's fun!

      by Alfonso Nevarez on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 08:18:09 AM PST

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      •  Thanks for the suggestion. I forget (0+ / 0-)

        that everyone doesn't know how anti-TFA I am.  I have inserted a paragraph that hopefully will clarify my intentions.

        Not everything that can be counted counts. Not everything that counts can be counted. Albert Einstein

        by annie em on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 10:50:43 AM PST

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