Bringing young, motivated, super smart college graduates into low-income, under-performing schools with the aim to help lessen the educational gap for low-income kids sounds like a great idea, right? Teach For America, and about 46,000 applicants (in 2011) think so.
At least in theory, it sounds like a great way to bring bright, young professionals into classrooms that they otherwise might not have come to. There’s a lot of press surrounding Teach For America (and similar programs), especially since they have become so popular among recent college graduates.
What we tend to hear less about is opposition to Teach For America. Like everything, there are two sides to every issue, and Teach For America is no exception. So what are the naysayers citing as their reasons for thinking that Teach For America leaves something to be desired? We’d love to hear what you think – do you agree or disagree with the reasons that the handy infographic below outlines?