Teaching Profession Opinion

Making Teaching A Career, Not A Drive-By Charity Stop

By Alexander Russo — October 17, 2007 1 min read
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Over at Teacher In A Strange Land, teacher Nancy Flanagan riffs off of my Teach For America essay from last week. “TFA has done nothing to re-conceptualize the work of teaching as both socially valuable and complex professional practice. In fact, TFA and similar “fellowship” programs have spawned a rash of research projects bent on proving that teacher education isn’t particularly useful—that any smart person can teach.” But, like me, Flanagan agrees that the potential is there: “When Wendy Kopp comes up with an idea to keep TFA folks in teaching or reposition teaching as a flexible, entrepreneurial professional career, I personally will carry signs nominating her for a MacArthur grant—or Secretary of Education.”

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