Sunday, July 21, 2013
Teach for America-Our Modern Day Pinkertons
When Teach for America sent its Corps members into places like the Mississippi Delta where there was a genuine teacher shortage, I would still recommend students for the organization, even if i disagreed with its approach to teacher training and teacher retention. Now however, as TFA has sent its Corps members into district after district where veteran teachers have been fired to make places for them, I will have nothing to do with any student who decides to join the organization, as well as anyone who works for it. It has become a strike breaking agency, playing the same role the Pinkerton Corporation played in 19th Century labor disputes. I hope my fellow academics look closely at TFA's record in the last two years, and come to the same conclusion.