Teach for America members don't make a career of teaching | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Teach for America members don't make a career of teaching

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 9:41 AM

Teach for America, the program to put brainy college kids in needy schools, is part of the "education reform" agenda of the Billionaire Boys Club. The Waltons and others don't believe in teacher education and certification and don't think much of career teachers, either. Just send in some kids from Harvard with a lot of energy and all will be well. Sometimes yes, sometimes no and it's no secret the burnout rate is high.

Arkansas in the new Republican era will be pushing Teach for America. Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, he of the gambling legislation I mentioned this morning (a reader likened him to a slot machine — put in a free meal, a legal fee or some other favor and he'll spit out a piece of legislation), has a little ol' bill to give $3 million to Teach for America and another $1 million for expenses of the Arkansas Academic Roadmap, whatever that is. I'm assuming he got the nod from Uncle Asa to introduce this.

Not that facts matter to dogmatic "reformers," but here's a taste from the Chronicle of Philanthropy:

More than 87 percent of Teach for America members do not plan to remain educators throughout their careers, according to an analysis by a nonpartisan research group, a finding that could buttress critics of the nonprofit, which sends recent college graduates into low-income school districts for two-year classroom stints, Bloomberg writes. The attrition rate was more than three times that for non-TFA instructors working in the same subjects, grades, and schools, Mathematica Policy Research found.

A quarter of TFA teachers intended to quit after the current school year, and nearly 43 percent of those planned to leave education altogether. TFA skeptics contend the organization does more harm than good by staffing troubled schools with less-qualified, less-committed teachers. A spokeswoman for the organization said high turnover is a problem throughout the teaching profession. TFA launched pilot programs last year aimed at encouraging recruits to make longer commitments to teaching.

Teach for America is in the thick of the Walton-Rockefeller-Boston Consulting group study of what the former Little Rock School District needs to move forward. Fewer of those nasty union teachers, for one thing. (One of whom told me of a "focus group" the other day by BCG at which one of the high-dollar consultants got PO'ed at people talking off the desired message and broke consultant protocol to defend the Walton Family Foundation.)

Tags: , , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Satanic Temple: Make Rapert pay for Ten Commandments monument

    A petition drive has begun to encourage a demand that Sen. Jason Rapert pay for the legal fees in defending his Ten Commandments monument proposed for the state Capitol grounds. It's more work by the Satanic Temple, which has fought church-state entanglement around the country.
    • Aug 28, 2016
  • Latest Obamacare repeal bill would hit Arkansas treasury hard

    The latest effort to undo Obamacare, the Graham-Cassidy legislation, would shift federal support for health coverage to a block grant system to the states. Bad news for Arkansas.
    • Sep 18, 2017
  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016

Most Viewed

  • Car dealership owner, wife found shot to death in Russellville home

    Keith Cogswell, 55, and his wife, Leanna Cogswell, 39, were found shot to death at their Shiloh Road home today by their maid, KTHV-TV, Ch. 11, reports. The Pope County Sheriff's Office, the Russellville Police Department and the Arkansas State Police are investigating.
  • More grants to Ecclesia surface

    Then-state senator and Senate president pro tempore Michael Lamoureux insisted that a state organization that distributed GIF funds approve a grant to Ecclesia College despite problems with the college's application, a witness in the public corruption trial of former Sen. Jon Woods testified today.
  • Wild, wild country

    Southeast Arkansas Weather passes along on Facebook a photo of a massive alligator along Highway 165 between DeWitt and Gillett in Arkansas County.
  • 'Path to Radicalization': How an Arkansas family came to be haters

    A tweet by Davy Carter, the former Republican speaker of the state House of Representatives and a resident Cabot alerted us to this NBC documentary on how a family in Lonoke County became radicalized by Nazis.
  • New development at old Sears site firms up

    In the next year and a half to two years, the 16 acres at the northwest corner of University Avenue and Interstate 630, the old Sears site, will transform into a development featuring retail, restaurants and a hotel — or two — called The District at Midtown.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation