A few weeks ago the book ‘Teach For America Counter-Narratives: Alumni Speak Up And Speak Out’ was released. Edited by T. Jameson Brewer and Kathleen deMarrais, the book features 20 chapters, each written by a TFA critic, many of whom are alumni. I think this is a great book, and not just because I wrote one of the chapters.
TFA seems to have peaked in popularity about 5 years ago, right around the time I attended the 20th anniversary summit, which was basically a charter school/Waiting For Superman/ Michelle Rhee love fest. Since that time, criticism has swelled and now TFA is really struggling to recruit as the number of new corps members is a little more than 4,000 compared to around 6,000 just a few years ago.
As an alum, I’m on various TFA mailing lists. One of them is called ‘TFA Briefing’. This is a series of summaries…
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