Thompson: TFA Teachers Deserve Better Than TFA Alumni Are Providing
It takes two or three years before a young teacher in a troubled school can find the restrooms. But the trial by fire should not be so hard. All teachers - alternatively certified or not - deserve better preparation and mentoring. All teachers - in charter or neighborhood schools - deserve adequate disciplinary backing. All students deserve orderly classrooms, not the chaos made worse by the scapegoating of teachers.
Rookie teachers' ordeals are made worse by the "blame game" and the dishonest claim that classroom management problems are largely due to individual and not systemic failures. The tragedy is that TFA leaders have forgotten another truism, "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing." TFA leaders who are now running school districts seem to have deluded themselves into believing they also found a simple answer to systemic problems. Criticizing young teachers, however, is no way to reduce the venomous culture that some former TFAers are perpetuating now that they are in power. - JT(@drjohnthompson)