You’ve probably heard educational Deformers like Michelle Rhee, Joel Klein, Arne Duncan or Bill Gates use various studies to justify their Deforms.
They say that “research shows” that if student A gets excellent teachers in, say, math for three years in a row, and student B gets bad teachers in the same subject for three years in a row, then student B’s life is utterly ruined, and student A is headed to Harvard (more or less).
A blogger named Gary Rubenstein (whom I only just heard about) who teaches math in the South, actually went and looked at that research.
What he finds is that not only is the research itself is almost a joke. but the conclusions drawn by Rhee and co. are nonsense.
Himself a former TFA “corps member”, he and his readers point out what a joke the so-called TFA teacher training is…