Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Teach for America hits a new low
The National Council for Teacher Quality recently came out with a paper highly critical of teacher colleges. It doesn’t matter that it has been thoroughly debunked and discredited. It did its damage by simply making the news. What many of us however didn’t know at the time was the NCQT is advised by Wendy Kopp the founder of Teach for America.
From GoPublicSchools.com: The acceptance of TFA as an alternate teacher certification option in Idaho comes on the heels of a study released June 18 by the National Council on Teacher Quality that made national news. TFA founder Wendy Kopp serves on the NCTQ Advisory Board. Regrettably, the study–called The Teacher Prep Review–seems to have been assembled with outcomes already firmly in mind.
How can Wendy Kopp and the NCQT criticize teacher colleges when their model consists of taking non-education majors and putting them through a five-week access course before putting them in our neediest classrooms? This is just another example of their hypocrisy and disingenuous.
If you are a parent ask yourself this question. Do you want a professional teaching your child or a hobbyist with practically zero training?