Forever Young: The New Teaching Career

10 Sep

Take a read through Mike Rose’s post in the Washington Post on Teach for America and the value of teacher experience.

Rose writes:

Given that the focus of so much school reform is rightly on poor kids in underserved schools, and some charter organizations and Teach For America are particularly concerned about making a difference with such children, this advocacy of brief teaching careers gets perilously close to moral quicksand.  Poor communities need jobs, decent housing, and health care, and they need stable institutions staffed with people who are invested in them, have made connections in their communities, are trusted by them, and operate with the best accumulated wisdom to serve their needs.  Therefore, it seems irresponsible to argue that a substantial number of teachers in these communities can come in straight from college or another career and rotate through their classrooms, giving them two, three, four years and leave.

What do you think? Do your schools suffer from teacher turnover, or do you agree with those who compare teaching to volunteer, missionary, or rescue work – intense but short term?

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