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  •  Yeah, pretty much. (10+ / 0-)

    Teach for America is a program meant to displace credentialed teachers with uncredentialed ones.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 08:57:00 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly, Teachers Have Posted Here Saying They (6+ / 0-)

      can't get TFA positions if they are credentialed.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 09:01:31 AM PDT

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      •  Even though today is National Donut day, (0+ / 0-)

        the diary doesn't warrant one, though LOL

        "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

        by zenbassoon on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 10:00:50 AM PDT

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    •  TFA Core Members (1+ / 0-)
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      are required to have the same credentials as any other teacher in the district. Trust I know this. Massachusetts has some of the most stringent requirements for certification, and the MTEL Math test is not easy. Here's an example of the High School Math MTEL:

      “In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.” -Albert Einstein

      by Dr Christopher Boerl on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 10:16:33 AM PDT

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      •  Let's be a bit more specific... (0+ / 0-)

        TFA core members are not fully certified, even in Massachusetts. What you receive after the MTELs is a preliminary certification which requires that you then go on to take the same kind of teacher education courses that most teachers have completed before they take the MTELs (a two year course of study) and enter the classroom. This is similar to the process in most other states, where TFAers are given "preliminary" or "emergency" certification before they have any actual training in how to teach (and the five weeks the TFA provides doesn't even come close to making up for this.)

        The truth is that you are being used. You've been hoodwinked into thinking that somehow you're going to be better than an experienced teacher, when everything we know from actual studies in the field shows that the newer and less-trained a teacher is, the less effective they are. What you're really doing is displacing an experienced teacher or at the least a new one who has far better training than you do to take up the challenge of teaching. TFA employs you and your fellow core members as part of the corporate effort to destroy the entire professional standing of teachers, to reduce them to "at will" employees with the lowest pay possible, all to feed the potential profits of corporate education firms. When most core members leave after their two year hitch (i.e., just at the time teachers become actually effective) it makes for a constant churn in the teaching force that has been shown to be extremely harmful to education but very good for keeping teacher salaries low.

        No doubt you think that your higher ed experience will be enough to see you through...don't believe it. I came to high school teaching after ten years teaching in higher ed, but I would have been lost without the training I received through an accredited M.Ed. program. The process and structure of teaching younger students is very different from teaching college students and the latter skill does not really transfer.

        I honestly wish you well if you're really out to make teaching a career, but you should know that you're going about it the worst possible way.

        Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

        by Stwriley on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 11:26:07 AM PDT

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