Jun 20 2011

Fool That I Am

by Adele

Tomorrow I move to California. I’m packed and ready. I’m excited – but not quite as excited as I thought I’d be. Don’t get me wrong – I’m THRILLED about teaching, it’s just that at the end of the day I still have reservations about TFA as an organization. Like why do they spend so much money on staff (and I heart the bay area staff – so this isn’t personal) but how many people are on the payroll and is paying them the most effective way to close the achievement gap? Also if one more person in TFA (CM or staff member) says that the achievement gap is the civil rights issue of our generation – my head will explode. Honestly – the civil rights movement was explicitly about comprehensive social change. So voting is great, but you need a job and access to quality education as well. What I’m saying is that civil rights are just that – plural as in more than one right that radically alters the social fabric. So let’s fight on for educational equality – but let’s keep it real – we don’t live in a meritocracy.

I want to teach and I’m so thankful that I get to meet CMs who feel the same way tomorrow. I’m glad I get to meet the staff to whom I’m owe my job and my future career. I’m so excited to jump in and teach summer school in a few short weeks. I love my kids, I just hope that I’m not to much of a fool and I can figure out how to effectively teach them from jump :)

One Response

  1. thelearningcurve

    I waffle about a lot of TFA-related things on a constant basis. The beautiful thing is that you will be surrounded by hundreds of people, and many of them will have similar reservations. Some of them who don’t may even quell a few of the issues you have. The most valuable experience to me thus far in my short time at institute has been the chance to talk with so many people who think so many different things. It makes my ideas and opinions that much more concrete, and I’m more appreciative for it. I hope you experience the same thing! Have fun.

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