« Teachers Should Pitch Their Own Stories | Main | When Standardized Tests Get it Wrong »

TFA and KIPP: How Much Do They Help?

Ed writers Jay Mathews and Valerie Strauss are having a spirited debate about Teach for America and KIPP on the Washington Post Class Struggle blog. Here's a snippet:

Mathews: One third of KIPP's teachers are TFA corps members or alumni. We both know many great teachers who came up through TFA. Don't you think our education system would be worse off without them?

Strauss: My short answer to your question is not so much. Teach for America and KIPP are the darlings of the philanthropic world, as well as the U.S. Department of Education, which just awarded each of them $50 million. But they both represent small-scale thinking. ... No high performing nation in the world depends on a revolving pool of inexperienced teachers to fix its education system. Why should we?

Mathews: Because we haven't come up with anything better yet...

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog


Most Viewed On Teacher



Recent Comments