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Jul 19 2013

TFA co-CEO’s vs. The Boogeyman

So here I am trying to mind my own business when I see this tweet on my feed: This is by one of the co-CEOs of TFA, Matt Kramer, quoting something that the other CEO Elisa Villanueva-Beard said in a speech at an alumni award event in Detroit.  This line surely got Villanueva-Beard a large…

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Jul 17 2013

My Viral Video Message to the 2013 TFA CMs

Recently there has been a lot of good discussion about the pros and cons of TFA.  It started this summer with Katie Osgood’s An Open Letter to New Teach for America Recruits which has gone ‘viral’ and already has 500 comments.  Alex Morgan, A blogger here at wrote a competent, but generally weak, rebuttal…

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Jul 16 2013

Preventing a disaster

It’s not easy being me. How would you feel if you had the power to foresee a tragedy in the near future, know that you have the power to help prevent it, yet also know that the beneficiary of your help does not want your help, does not believe she needs your help, and pretty…

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Jul 12 2013

Hanging Chad

I know that people always get upset, no matter how many times I issue this disclaimer, when I use a blog post or tweet from a new corps member to illustrate some of the problems with the TFA ‘mindset’ training.  These are never intended to be personal attacks.  I just like to do them as…

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So this is pretty hypothetical, as you can glean from the title. I took my five year old daughter to see Monsters University the other day.  This is a prequel to Pixar’s Monsters Inc., one of the best movies ever made, animated or not.  I’m generally a sucker for anything Pixar, with the exception of…

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Jul 05 2013

My Discussion with Matt Barnum Part 6 (and final)

For links to all 6 part of this discussion go here Gary, It’s certainly not surprising that I’ve failed to change your mind, and you’ve failed to change mine. You’ve been thinking about, and living, this issue for much longer than I have, so I apologize if my arguments strike you as stale. I take…

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Jul 02 2013

Why I am sending my daughter to P.S. 163

Over the past year there have been several articles analyzing which schools people on both side of the ‘reform’ debate send their children to go to school.  For example, Obama’s kids go to Sidwell Friends.  Duncan sent his kids to the progressive Chicago Lab School. This information is interesting since it enables us to get…

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