BE INFLUENTIAL: TEACH FOR DELAWARE – AND AMERICA – AT WILMU Maria Hess, Wilmington University
“The Teach for America organization works to ensure that low-income children have equal opportunities for quality education. It does that by recruiting the nation’s brightest teachers who honor its mission and commit to teaching for a minimum of two years in low-income communities”.
Folks, Teacher for America doesn’t recruit “the nation’s brightest teachers”. Teach for America recruits so-called bright recent Ivy League college graduates to commit to two-years of teaching “after” five-week summer crash-course in teaching and then onto mentoring by seasoned-teachers currently in classrooms. They learn more from their seasoned-teacher mentors already in place with years of teaching experience than from a five-week crash course. We need to honor students with providing them with teachers who have their sights set on making teaching a career not a fluff-line on a resume!
See Teach for America’s website and their “mission”
We recruit remarkable and diverse individuals to become teachers in low-income communities. They commit to teach for two years and are hired by our partner public schools across the country. During these two years they are called corps members.
“5 weeks to become a teacher”.
Parents of minority students in high poverty schools are being taken for a ride! Between Teach for America teachers and teachers who VT into lower-performing schools because their evaluations from former teaching positions wasn’t satisfactory giving them nowhere else to go is a disservice to children. Students of such high needs shouldn’t be taught by those with a five-week crash course in teaching and by those who couldn’t cut it other schools.