Perhaps unintentionally, TFA's success has stifled any national discussion about how to build a profession of well-educated, well-prepared, experienced educators who view teaching as a career rather than an experience.
In New York City, there are a thousand schools with a million-plus students, and yet there is no avenue for a democratic voice.
Every time a public school is closed, it should be considered a failure of the central administration. The leaders who close the most public schools are the biggest failures.
So if I sometimes call schools "prisons," I'm actually trying to be, but am not entirely being, literal. Young people are deprived of their liberty although they've committed no crime except being between the ages of 6 and 18?
The status quo today is not good. For 10 years we have pursued the heavy-handed mandates of No Child Left Behind, with meager results.