Eventually one can not deny the mounting evidence but until there is a worthy dunghill, Wendy Kopp is going to need to keep using the Michelle Rhee phrase of ‘anomoly’ for the data coming out. Denying data from Stanford should be increasingly difficult considering they support the phenomena of charter schools and TFA and yet, the data does not seem an anomoly anymore……and what is going on with Michelle Rhee these days? I have not seen her in the news.
The reasons for the lower rates of civic involvement, Professor McAdam said, include not only exhaustion and burnout, but also disillusionment with Teach for America’s approach to the issue of educational inequity, among other factors.
I keep wondering when TFA will try to be less Peace Corps (which actually accomplishes something in the world) for the third world part of the U.S. and work to be a community providing outstanding teachers for the long term. If TFA was doing what it set out to do, there would not be organizations such as http://www.tntp.org/aboutus/overview.html starting up as the need would be served by TFA.
“It’s hard to see the incredible outpouring of interest among this generation and think of it as a lack of civic engagement,” Ms. Kopp said.
“Unfortunately,” she added, “it doesn’t seem as if this study looked at Teach for America’s core mission, by evaluating whether we are producing more leaders who believe educational inequity is a solvable problem, who have a deep understanding of the causes and solutions, and who are taking steps to address it in fundamental and lasting ways.”
And, like all good politicians, most notably Sarah Palin, Ms. Kopp managed to not address the issue of what TFA set out to do and what the data shows. It is the similar phenomenon of most charter schools – they are going to get more children into college, which is exactly what all public schools are charged with doing…….but charter schools never followed up with the detail of more students COMPLETING college. It would appear that TFA and most charter schools once again had great marketing spin but the data coming out is not compelling that these institutions are meeting their mission.