I originally posted the following comment on MN2020's Tuesday Talk. The topic was TFA
seems to me there are two main reasons to join TFA. One is as a resume
builder. There are some variations to this line of thinking such as
using it as a backup to finding permanent employment, but there are
clearly a large number of TFA corp members who don’t want to be career
teachers, and they should not be playing teacher. Teaching takes
the other hand, it is clear there are people who are choosing TFA
because they do want teaching as a career. While I welcome them, it
does a disservice to our students for them to take a shortcut to the
classroom. This is why the U of MN should not be partnering with TFA.
you were a college senior or junior and you wanted to go into teaching
which route would you take—Option 1: A two year program that will take
two years and cost you thousands of dollar, or Option 2: a five (maybe
eight?) week summer training that has you teaching and getting paid for
those same two years?
paying for four years of college already, I know I would find option 2
very appealing. The problem, of course, is option two is good for the
adult, not for the students they will serve. Dean Jean Quam of the U of
M’s CEHD told me the University’s two year program is far superior to
any TFA model. Which begs the question: why create a shortcut?
the spirit of solutions, we should be talking about how we can make it
affordable and even financially rewarding for college students to take
the best route to the profession of teaching and not a short cut that
short changes our students."
TFA is by design a shortcut to the classroom and it is a union-busting temp agency. Those of us who are serious about education need to get TFA out of the picture and look at sustainable ways to prepare future teachers and, especially in the Twin Cities, diversify our teacher ranks.
Posted by: Rob Panning-Miller