Is TFA cynical or what?

 EdNews You Can Use- 23 June 2012
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CONNECTING THE CORPORATE DOTS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION… (In their Own Words)

Teach For America is Proud to Partner with J.P. Morgan

Joining Teach For America before pursuing a career in business will provide you with the management experience and skills that will help you have a greater impact in the business world. By committing two years to teach in a low-income community, you will have an unparalleled opportunity to assume tremendous responsibility—managing a classroom of students, setting ambitious goals, and inspiring your students to meet those goals. Through this experience, alumni say that they developed invaluable communication and time-management skills that are highly transferable to a career in business.

Partnership Benefits

  • Two-year deferrals for students who are accepted into both Teach For America and J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank Analyst Program.
  • J.P. Morgan mentor for corps members during their two-year corps experience.
  • Summer internship at J.P. Morgan between first and second year of corps experience for those who participate in the deferral partnership.
  • J.P. Morgan recruits Teach For America corps members for summer internship opportunities. (J.P. Morgan will treat Teach For America as a ‘core recruiting school’).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates must be offered a position within one of J.P. Morgan’s participating business groups & regional offices:
    • Investment Banking Analyst, Research Analyst
    • New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas
  • Candidates must meet all of Teach For America’s minimum application requirements.

Deferral Partnership Details

  • Once a candidate has been accepted by Teach For America and has a full-time offer from one of the participating J.P. Morgan business groups, the candidate must inform J.P. Morgan that s/he would like to apply for a two-year deferral through the
    J.P. Morgan – Teach For America partnership.
  • Teach For America applicants have two weeks to confirm whether they will join the corps after they are notified of acceptance. Deferral candidates that require extra time to coordinate their deferral may e-mail Teach For America’s admissions team (admissions@teachforamerica.org) to request a decision extension.
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How Teach for America Could Have Been Useful – But Wasn’t

Imagine if Wendy Kopp had taken a different tack.

Instead of throwing untrained elite, newby college grads into an inner-city classroom with virtually no connection between what they studied at their university and what they were teaching, with the promise that once they had those 2 years under their belt, they could then get all their college loans paid off and go on to make big bucks coasting on their resume — while having in fact been AT BEST only vaguely successful (in other words, “Teach For Awhile”)

Instead of that:

Recruiting bright young college sophomores and juniors to seriously consider teaching AS A CAREER, and to take courses on educational theory and practice along with whatever subject they are already interested in;

Making sure that they had a full year, post-graduation, of student teaching and observation, as well as intensive grad-school courses that further promote their understanding of teaching as a craft and of how to teach their own chosen subject matter;

Getting them to commit to at least five years in the Title I classroom, not two, since we know that it takes at least three years to begin to become an effective classroom teacher, and it’s bad to have constant teacher turnover, and it’s wasteful to do all this training and have it all be thrown away;

Encouraging these college grads NOT to become derivative traders, mortgage bankers, corporate lawyers, or educational shucksters, but instead, real, practicing teachers and leaders in that profession;

Then we could have said that Wendy Koop had done something positive for the youth of America.

Instead, we have had a colossal con job foisted on our public educational system.

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