So a teacher that I worked with who started the same year that I started, but she was in her mid 40's posted this on her facebook:
Teach for America.
What a joke!!
How does the teaching profession allow this? Would we even consider, “Doctors for America” or “Police for America?” Doubtful.
Loved this analogy.
Someone asked, "You think Teach for America is a joke?"
Yes. It was started when there was a teacher shortage. There is no shortage now, and they are putting college grads in poor public schools, taking school dollars, and allowing them to teach for 2 years with like 5 weeks of training. I had 4 years of teacher training and still felt unprepared and feel bad for my first 2-3 years students. They are not trained to teach, and the students they are teaching are getting an untrained educator when they need the best in the business to help them learn. They are working with our very most underprivileged students that deal with homelessness, violence, starvation, no parents around, etc.....and we give them a warm untrained body. Very sad. They are taking the job of an unemployed trained teacher, and the kids will suffer.
Just wondering what others here think about the teach for america program. I do not share her views. To try to compare a doctor and and educator as far as the amount of training required to do that job is just ridiculous. I really think that education in how to teach may help along the way, but really it takes a certain type of person to be an effective educator and those classes you take do not prepare you at all for the classroom. In the courses everything is taught assuming ideal situations and no problems, then students after 4 years of "training" go to an actual classroom and say "man, this is nothing like they said it would be." I really think hands on experience in the classroom is the best way to learn and realize what it takes to be a good teacher.