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  •  Not sure about this vitriol over TFA. (0+ / 0-)

    I've had two experiences with TFA teachers, both positive. One taught my daughter, and was wonderful. The other teaches in the inner city and a friend volunteered for a year helping out once a week with tutoring the kids in math; again, the TFA teacher was incredible, giving everything to his kids. Clearly TFA has its successes, certainly from the perspective of children who benefit from new teachers excited about the opportunity to impact their lives. My own family's experiences with TFA have been nothing but positive, FWIW.

    •  Anecdotal evidence. (6+ / 0-)

      Congrats on lucking into 2 great teachers.  Some people pretty much are 'born to it'.  Most are not, however, and six weeks of training simply can't prepare most people to do anything more challenging than retail work.

      •  Plenty of traditionally trained teachers (1+ / 0-)
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        are poor teachers, and plenty of TFA teachers are terrific. Why denigrate an entire program when there are bad teachers found in all schools?

        •  Link please (2+ / 0-)
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          there are bad teachers found in all schools
          Again, you don't have the evidence to make this claim.

          Too many people take teachers and their talent and preparation for granted and I'm really sick of it. Watching the people who teach at my kids' school I'm pretty sure I couldn't do what they do day in, day out at that high of a level.

          There's a difference between a responsible gun owner and one that's been lucky so far.

          by BeerNotWar on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 07:21:09 PM PDT

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        •  Not true. (1+ / 0-)
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          Plenty of traditionally trained teachers are poor teachers
          Evidence?

          No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.--Lily Tomlin

          by Desert Rose on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 07:25:29 PM PDT

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          •  Yes. I had a few bad teachers, (0+ / 0-)

            as did my wife, my sister, her husband (they're both teachers by the way), and all three of my kids. Between us, we live in four different states. There are some bad teachers in all schools, just as there are some bad workers in any job. There are bad doctors, bad lawyers, and bad basketball players. Why can't some teachers just admit that not everyone in their field is terrific? What's the big deal in admitting that?

            •  Because they are the minority. (1+ / 0-)
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              In my school with 35 teachers, who I evaluate, 2 are under par. That is about 6%.  Do you want to assert that less than 6% of doctors (if that's what you are) are not quite up to standards?
              Your evidence is anecdotal.

              No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.--Lily Tomlin

              by Desert Rose on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 07:41:15 PM PDT

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