Thompson: TFA Should Break From "Reformers" - But Will It?
The contemporary school "reform" movement has always been divided among itself, but now is the time for the teachers who have supported the accountability hawks to make a decision. The data-driven reform movement has always attracted dedicated young educators, whether they serve in Teach for America or charter schools, who have recoiled at the educational "status quo" and took direct action against the legacy of generational poverty. The problem is that these teachers have been used in the "bait" part of a corporate "bait and switch." TFA and others have become the face of a teacher-bashing campaign by the Michelle Rhee/Mike Bloomberg axis of "reform" which seeks to blow up the "status quo." Destroy today's teaching profession, education schools, and governance, they assume, and something "transformative" will rise from the ashes. Former TFA member Gary Rubenstein explains in his blog that teachers on the ground understand the folly destroying schools in order to save them, and says it's time "for TFA to disassociate themselves with the corporate reform movement." It would "take a lot of guts," Rubenstein writes, but "They would be smart, though, to do this as soon as possible. The foundation of the corporate reform movement is already beginning to crumble. TFA does not need to go down with that ship but, sadly, they probably will."-JT (@drjohnthompson)image via.