Teach For America is an organization that recruits new college graduates, gives them five weeks of training in a summer institute and then places them in some of America’s neediest schools. Popular with the Obama administration, TFA has increasingly generated criticism about its limited training program and its requirement that corps members stay only two years in a school. I’ve published some pieces critical of TFA (see here, here and here), including this one by Fordham Professor Mark Naison, who explained why he does not welcome Teach For America in his classroom to recruit. Here is a post by another academic, Mitchell Robinson, an associate professor and chair of music education at Michigan State University, about his recent experience with two TFA recruiters who met him to discuss why he, like Naison, didn’t want them in his classroom. Before moving to Michigan State, Robinson taught music for 10 years in the Fulton (NY) City School District, and held collegiate appointments at the University of Connecticut and the Eastman School of Music.Read full article >>
Earlier this year I published a post about coding by education historian Larry Cuban that took issue with current calls for all students to learn how to code computers as a way to learn problem solving and computational thinking. Cuban is professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, and a former high school teacher and district superintendent. Here is a response to Cuban from two academics who explain why they think all students should learn to code. This was written by Jane Margolis, a senior researcher at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and author of “Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing,” and Yasmin Kafai, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and author of “Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming.”Read full article >>
It’s 3 p.m. Do you know where your children are?
An Afterschool Alliance survey sought to find out the answer to this question across the country, and the results led the organization to call for more funding for quality activities for school-age children after the last bell of the day rings.Read full article >>