What Makes TFA So Special? It's Not What You Think
I have my fingers crossed that there's going to be another even more interesting piece on TFA coming out in the very near future. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, there's a fascinating and somewhat frightening discussion about the Times Magazine article going on in Chicago -- with some commenters pointing out that TFA is better than nothing and others calling it a "glorified substitute pool" for struggling schools.
A kind reader also sent me this new (to me) report from Stanford (PDF here): "Conventional wisdom says that scaling social innovation starts with strengthening internal management capabilities. This study of 12 high-impact nonprofits [including TFA], however, shows that real social change happens when organizations go outside their own walls and find creative ways to enlist the help of others."