There isn’t much negative press out there re: Teach for America, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that a not 100% rah rah rah yay TFA article on the front page of our paper a few days back:
In areas such as voting, charitable giving and civic engagement, graduates of the program lag those who were accepted but declined and those who dropped out before completing their two years, according to Doug McAdam, a sociologist at Stanford University, who conducted the study with a colleague, Cynthia Brandt.
The reasons for the lower rates of civic involvement, McAdam said, include not only exhaustion and burnout, but also disillusionment with Teach for America’s approach to the issue of educational inequity, among other factors.
You mean throwing 22 year olds into the most difficult classrooms in the country with only 5 weeks training causes burnout and disilluionment? I’m shocked, shocked I tell ya!