“A Vehicle for Profiting from the Misery of America’s Poor”

Over at George Mason University’s History News Network site, Professor Mark Naison explains “Why Teach For America is Not Welcome in My Classroom“:

Never, in its recruiting literature, has Teach for America described teaching as the most valuable professional choice that an idealistic, socially-conscious person can make. Nor do they encourage the brightest students to make teaching their permanent career; indeed, the organization goes out of its way to make joining TFA seem a like a great pathway to success in other, higher-paying professions.

Three years ago, a TFA recruiter plastered the Fordham campus with flyers that said “Learn how joining TFA can help you gain admission to Stanford Business School.” The message of that flyer was “use teaching in high-poverty areas a stepping stone to a career in business.” It was not only profoundly disrespectful to every person who chooses to commit their life to the teaching profession, it advocated using students in high-poverty areas as guinea pigs for an experiment in “resume-padding” for ambitious young people.

What Teach for America ought to do, in other words, is to call the best and brightest students to a lifetime of teaching. But, since TFA only uses the impoverished to advance short-term teachers’ power and other careers, Naison says that they have become “a vehicle for profiting from the misery of America’s poor.”

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