I'll let you read it but this is how he ends it:
Yet, if the Seattle school district truly wants "excellence for all," it will need highly trained teachers who have a lasting commitment to the profession — not the revolving door that has come to be known as "Teach for Awhile."
Meanwhile, Lynne Varner of the Times' editorial board makes it about the union (and that's not true at least not for most of us here). But help me out here, what is she saying?
But there is much to find compelling about TFA's mission and how it prepares new teachers. Janis Ortega, who scouts sites for TFA from her Los Angeles base, describes the reductive process the organization uses to gauge whether a young professional is capable of the rigors of teaching.
The question is, "what would they do if some parents didn't show up for the parent conference?" Regardless of the answer, the follow up question is "when that doesn't work, then what will you do?"
The question is repeated until candidates realize what they're really being asked is, "how far are you willing to go to help a student succeed" when all compelling evidence points to parents as the biggest non-classroom factor.
TFA may be another Band-Aid on the open wound that represents our sickest schools. Better than letting those children continue to bleed.
Except it's a band-aid that gets ripped off every two years. That's a good idea?