This blog is neither rant nor reverence for Teach for America. Plenty of that already--the TFA concept seems to be a magnet for commentary, from the sycophantic to the righteously indignant. There are hordes of people whose Google alerts are set for "Teach for America"--and a glut of blogs written by TFA corps members, who seem to be a reflective, navel-gazing lot, unafraid to jump confidently into high-level education policy discourse, a place where garden-variety teachers fear to tread. Nor will this blog ruminate on core policy issues around TFA: how to recruit and retain quality teachers, optimum preparation ...

"I have learned two ways to tie my shoes. One way is only good for lying down. The other way is good for walking." Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert Heinlein) There's no more enlightening--or amusing--illustration of the inherent strangeness of Ed Policy World than this recent story out of Texas. Quick synopsis: hundreds of people in Texas are lining up to testify on Texas's proposed K-12 social studies standards, and they all have cultural axes to grind. This is a very big deal-- student content standards in Texas and California have enormous influence over what ends up in the ...

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