So they send you to a 5-week “training course” and then send you out in the world to make your way only to find out you are not competent. Shock
Over the years there have been various studies comparing the ‘effectiveness’ of TFA teachers to non-TFA teachers. Though these studies are based on the results from standardized tests that may or may not be appropriate for this purpose, the results of these papers are still interesting to look at.
Many of these studies have concluded that TFA teachers, especially, corps members who have not become alumni yet, are a little less effective at teaching reading and a little more effective at teaching math compared to non-TFA teachers with the same amount of teaching experience. Considering all the teacher bashing allies of TFA, I always find it pretty ironic that if the average teacher in this country is supposed to be so bad and that the TFA teachers are about the same, then what does this say about the TFA teachers? But the reformers don’t really mind that TFA teachers aren’t…
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