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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-11 01:54 AM
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Plan to host Teach for America at Univ. of Washington highlights double-speak of ed deform
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Edited on Sat May-28-11 01:58 AM by Hannah Bell
The doublespeak of ed reformers who repeatedly declare that the key to a successful education is to put an excellent teacher in every classroom, and then turn around and promote young, Teach for America recruits with only five weeks training, no in-class experience...has come into sharp focus at the University of Washington in Seattle these past two weeks.

On May 11, the University of Washingtons College of Education announced it would sponsor Teach for America at its teaching college, providing the missing component to the deal that TFA, Inc. struck with the Seattle School District last fall...

The University of Washington already has a well-regarded M.A. teacher ed program (ranked ninth in nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2011). It takes two years and requires a year of student teaching in an actual classroom.

Then the announcement finally came two weeks ago...In this new arrangement, the students in the TFA special program will be housed alongside the full program students, but would only be required to take a five-week course, after which they would be deemed immediately eligible to apply for a full-time, full-salaried teaching position, while still learning on the job. The full-term U.W. students, meanwhile, wont be certified and able to enter the workforce until they have completed the first year of their program. Not surprisingly, this announcement was not well received by Dean Stritkus current M.A. teaching students. Outrage, dismay and confusion soon followed. One student referred to the UW-TFA deal as a slap in the face....

http://parentsacrossamerica.org/2011/05/plan-to-host-te... /


I'd say that Dean Stritkus' profs should watch their backs, too.

Given the choice between a 2-year program with an internship & a 5-week quickie course that leads to a guaranteed job -- which costs little to nothing given that "special funding" is being arranged for TFAers -- what will most people choose in these times?

I predict declines in enrollment in regular teaching programs, which means layoffs for Ed professors.

And layoffs at universities is also on the ed deformers' agenda.

Fuck Bill Gates with a MS instruction manual. (Those bricks, btw, should tell you how much Gates knows about teaching anything to anyone, in case you had doubts)

Dean Stritkus, BTW, is a TFA alumni. Guess how he got his current job.

Connections, baby. The Gates family *owns* the UW (one of my alma maters).
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