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April 09, 2012

Deepening the Debate over Teach For America: Responses to Heather Harding

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody A week ago I posted an interview with Teach For America's head of research, Heather Harding. Ms. Harding answered some tough questions that have been raised in recent months here on this blog. Today, I am sharing some responses to her answers. By way of contex...

April 04, 2012

John Thompson: Neither Teacher-Less nor Teacher-proof: Constructivism Meets Guided Instruction

Guest post by John Thompson. The cover story in the American Educator "Putting Students on the Path to Learning," by Richard Clark, Paul Kirschner, and John Swelter should prompt a dialogue between teachers as well as with school "reformers." So, I want to preface my opinions with a request for the...

April 02, 2012

Tough Questions for Teach For America: Heather Harding Responds

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Over the past several months, I have featured a number of posts that were critical of Teach For America (TFA). We had education professor Phil Kovacs, who wrote several articles reviewing the research cited by TFA on their web site, and heard concerns from curre...

February 28, 2012

Arthur Camins: Why are Education Innovations Always Slip Slidin' Away?

Guest post by Arthur Camins. Slip slidin' away Slip slidin' away You know the nearer your destination The more you're slip slidin' away Paul Simon The current narrative for improving education in the United States is based on two undeniable charges and several simple and compelling solutions...

February 26, 2012

Teach For America Corps Members Debate: The Leadership Pipeline

Last Friday, I posted this essay by Teach For America corps member Jameson Brewer: Hyperaccountablity, Burnout and Blame. One of the comments came from another TFA corps member, duke solaris. This comment and Jameson's response ran yesterday, Teach For America Corps Members in Dialogue: Can this Mod...

February 25, 2012

Teach For America Corps Members in Dialogue: Can this Model Work?

Yesterday this blog featured a guest post from a current Teach For America corps member, Jameson Brewer. The following comment was posted by another TFA teacher. A response from Jameson Brewer follows. As can be expected from a Corps Member, this is a reasonably accurate depiction of TFA's Institut...

February 24, 2012

Hyper-accountability, Burnout and Blame: A TFA Corps Member Speaks Out

Guest post by Jameson Brewer. The rhetoric of educational policy is an ever swaying pendulum from the conservative right to the progressive left. However, in reality, in the decades leading up to and the ten years following the passing of No Child Left Behind, it has been neoliberal policies and ...

February 23, 2012

At the Department of Education, Warm Snow Falls Up

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody As the Simpson family prepared to travel south of the equator to Brazil, Homer revealed some misconceptions. In opposite land, according to Bart's father, "warm snow falls up." Reading the latest press releases and speeches from the Department of Education, som...

February 16, 2012

Phil Kovacs Responds to the Latest Research on Teach For America

A few days ago, I ran a guest post authored by science educator Jack Hassard; Cobb County, Georgia, Rejects Teach For America. One cogent comment came from Stuart (EdOutsider), who wrote the following: Listen, all this slapping our own backs might be fun and good, but of all the states where TFA pl...

February 12, 2012

Jack Hassard Reports: Cobb County, Georgia, Rejects Teach For America

Guest post by Jack Hassard. Cobb County, Georgia's second largest school district, decided not to consider the superintendent's request to hire 50 Teach for America (TFA) uncertified college graduates to work in under-performing schools in South Cobb. According to an editorial in the Marietta Dail...

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