Announcing the Teach For America Truth Squad

By Ruth Conniff, Public School Shakedown, December 9, 2013

Today, as teachers rally across the nation to “reclaim the promise of public education” the Progressive Magazine and Public School Shakedown announce a major new initiative: the Teach For America Truth Squad.

As Beth Sondel, a Teach For America (TFA) expert and one of the founders of the Resist Teach For America Facebook Page explains in a lead piece: TFA “has done an unparalleled job of recruiting young adults, developing their passions for ending educational inequity, and training them to believe that market-based polices and pedagogies that increase standardized test scores are in the service of social justice.”

But behind that idealistic veneer, Teach For America is doing real damage.

“TFA is no longer filling a teaching void, but instead replacing more experienced, veteran teachers in cities such as Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City . . . Washington, D.C., and now Philadelphia,” Sondel writes.

“In addition, while TFA claims to be an apolitical organization, it is becoming increasingly clear that the organization’s ‘movement to end educational inequity’ is fundamentally a movement towards corporate sponsorship, deregulation, competition, and the dismantling of teachers unions.”

read more at Public School Shakedown


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