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THIS IS AN EDUCATION AGENDA ITEM:
According to a program on NPR (linked below)
Two Teach For America Alums Say TFA Has Big Problems When It Comes To Race. OneWorld simply copied a portion of the article from the NPR web site and posted it here for the convenience of those who would like to get the details. It is a very interesting article. We have heard many rumors about the short-lived teaching career of many TFA graduates. Of those who do stay in teaching after their mandatory two years, almost all move from inner-city to suburban schools. Why is that? The article shines some light.
I do get uncomfortable when a group of corps members come together and start the "they can't. . . " or "they don't. . ." game. Never heard of it? Here is what it sounds like: "They can't sit silently." "Yeah! They don't want to learn!" "Tell'em! They can't even read a sentence!" . . . These corps members are making gross generalizations . . . Racial stereotypes like, "They're not even worthy." You hear a lot of corps members saying these things, "They can't read, they can't do this, they don't want to learn."
Below are links to short segments from past OneWorld education programs
Effective School-Community Partnerships (Supt, teachers, and parents discuss education in greater New Haven public schools)
There are times when what we read about some of the things happening in this country are just too incredulous to believe. Sadly, they often turn out to be true. These are also reasons why as parents, grandparents and community leaders, we must try to visit and be involved in the schools our children attend. This article on NPR about the Teach-for-America organization is an eye opener. Had it not been presented on National Public Radio, I would likely find it too outrageous to be believed. However, NPR is too responsible and fastidious a news organization not to have verified the reports in the story before publishing it. it is truly disturbing.
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