Sunday, January 31, 2010

Not for Everyone

I just stumbled on this sentence from someone objecting to the Teach for America program. Since I am by nature suspicious of programs like TFA that are billed as the solution to complex problems in the U.S. education system, I was inclined to agree with her until this:

And, unlike, say, a job as a copy-editor or an architect or an art dealer, when you are a teacher it really matters that you be good at what you do, since there is no one to catch and correct your mistakes before they’ve poisoned your students’ learning experiences in some way or another.

Well, goodness, where did she get the idea she knows what a copy editor does? And maybe she ought to climb down off that horse.

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