If teaching is such a wondrous profession, why is the inspirational [Taylor] Mali a former teacher?.... The Department of Education is unveiling this plan in partnership with Microsoft, State Farm Insurance and the Advertising Council? Everyone knows that Microsoft now rules the world of education. That said, what in the world does State Farm Insurance have to do with public school issues? ..... Would you turn to “the good hands people” to figure out the best way to run schools?....The notion doesn’t seem to faze Rich, whose work has begun to strike us as a possible parody of some kind....Is Rich a satirist of some kind? If so, we apologize for our previous complaints about her peculiar reporting. .... The Daily Howler
If you can’t do, teach. The three best things about teaching? June, July and August. ... Motoko Rich, NY TimesWhere do I start with this one? Jeff Kaufman forwarded the NY Times piece below early this AM and I stored it away for publication. Then John Lawhead sent this "compare and contrast" quotes on TFA from Randi and Gary -- guess which one is critical of TFA?
"I think TFA has done a lot in terms of elevating the profession of teaching and elevating the importance of public education and education generally...." Randi Weingarten.Does Randi every get chaffing from straddlign the fence?
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"They are all accessories to a $300 million annual fraud funded, in part, by taxpayers, and which has, I’m sorry to say, contributed to the weakening of the pubic school system which has, in turn, hurt innocent kids and, yes, their hard working teachers." ....Gary Rubinstein
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As I said in the headline: TFA is selling the idea that they turn away enormous numbers of people. Reminds me of the phony charter school "demand" list which leaves seats in charter schools empty.
Then this afternoon's post from The Daily Howler takes on the Rich piece too, leaving me with no work to do but copy and paste. Life is sweet. Unfortunately he doesn't touch on this interesting combo of groups in Rich's article:
Seeking to combat such sentiments, the Department of Education — in partnership with the Advertising Council, Microsoft, State Farm Insurance, Teach for America, the nation’s two largest teachers’ unions and several other educational groups — is unveiling a public service campaign this week aimed at recruiting a new generation of classroom educators.You should click on the link and read the entire Howler piece, but here are some morsels:
Below the break: Rich's entire piece.Posted: 21 Nov 2013 08:53 AM PSTTHURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013
How to improve public schools: In this morning’s New York Times, Motoko Rich discusses a plan to lure top college grads into teaching careers.
We offer one other note about this new campaign. In this passage, Arne Duncan makes it fairly clear where the idea comes from:
RICH: Taylor Mali, a poet and a former teacher, provides the inspirational voice-over that evokes some military recruitment ads. “Teachers today are breaking down obstacles,” he says, “finding innovative ways to instill old lessons, proving that greatness can be found in everyday places.”If teaching is such a wondrous profession, why is the inspirational Mali a former teacher?
That said, a lot of our biggest problems are found in elementary schools which serve low-income kids from low-literacy backgrounds. Would our problems in those schools be solved by attracting teachers with stronger academic records? We wouldn’t feel real sure about that.
..... is it possible that Finland’s educational success has been somewhat overrated? How might we improve the schools which serve our low-income, low-literacy kids? We have some basic ideas about that.