But they are leaving anyhow…
Teach for America supplies teachers to the New York City Department of Education. They are high-achievers from fancy colleges. The NYCDoE pays a hefty per capita fee. The teachers promise to stay two years. Some stay three. Few stay more than that.
TfA cloaks their anti-union mission behind sympathetic personal stories. Peel away the hype – the narratives are fake.
Teach for America gets their feet wet, so they can become administrators, or charter school leaders, or so they can run districts, work for thinktanks, advocacy groups, or elsewhere in the education industry.
- Two TfAers started Educators for Excellence, a group devoted for advocating against seniority in layoffs. The two teachers are now former teachers, having left (maybe they still have part-time gigs?) to do their anti-union advocacy piece. With Gates $$$, I think.
- The Wall Street Journal ran a piece this week about a kid named Leblanc who is a great teacher (according to his principal) but is in danger of being laid off… he’s in his second year. Huge red flags, all over the place, and I’m ignoring all of them, except…. He’s TfA. If he is not laid off, isn’t leaving at the end of this year or next anyway?
- I know a handful of TfA teachers who’ve lasted longer than three years. But they’ve all bounced school to school. Their school this year? Will lose them in a year or two.
Big picture – TfA and TfAers advocate against unions and rights of other teachers, for ideological reasons. They cloak their anti-union animus behind a claim of personal self-interest. They don’t tell us they are on a mission, instead they try to paint a sympathetic personal story. It is a fraud.
[this post is partially in response to Steve Lazar’s But Will They Stay? – written about new teachers in general.]