Many know but many do not know what the TFA practices are. Any person with a college degree no matter what the degree is can join TFA and become a teacher in a high needs classroom with only a few short weeks of training. Why is it so bad you ask?
Most teachers across the country are classified as HIGHLY QUALIFIED teachers. Meaning they went through a rigorous program at their university to gain a degree in their field of education (i.e. Elementary, Social Science, Early Childhood, Mathematics, Science, Foreign Language, etc.). They gained certification in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) they are also known as ELL’s (English Language Learners). The classrooms that these “teachers” are put into are the classrooms with several ELL’s and students with IEP (Individual Education Plans) and 504’s which are for students that are in need of accommodations. These classrooms are also the ones with low socio-economic students.
If you only get 5 weeks of instruction on how to be a teacher, you won’t know how to deal with the issues that lie ahead. As professional teachers, which I am studying to be one, we spend 4 or more years in college learning our craft and our subject areas so that we have the right tools and knowledge to help each child as best as we can.
I am so glad that this NC School Board has finally realized that these TFA teachers are not “Highly Qualified” teachers as we are requiring for our schools these days.