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A movement is underfoot. Parents, teachers and students are pushing back against the machine that is Teach for America.
We would like to welcome you to the official website for the Students Resisting Teach for America campaign, hosted by Students United for Public Education (SUPE). This campaign was created to build a resistance movement to the model and approach of Teach for America (TFA), an organization that trains its corps members for five weeks before placing them as full-time instructors in low-income, high-need classrooms across America.
For years, college campuses across the country have been the core recruiting ground for TFA. For many soon-to-be graduates, concerned as they should be with the rampant inequality embedded in American public schools, TFA appears to be an opportunity to make a difference. Using the rhetoric of civil rights and egalitarian politics, TFA promises ambitious college students that their hard work and good intentions are a crucial component of what it will take to fix the crisis within our education system. Yet, as numerous TFA alums and professionals have made it increasingly clear, rather than fighting inequality, TFA actually promotes it. Despite its image as a social justice organization, TFA not only does a disservice to the students and schools it purports to serve, but also acts as a political force in its own right to push a vision of public schooling that further damages an already broken education system.
Increasingly across the country, students as well as TFA alumni are becoming aware of TFA’s role in perpetuating inequality in our schools. Through this campaign, we hope to unite and strengthen these voices of resistance and organize a powerful movement not only against TFA as a political organization, but also for better solutions and services in high-need, low-income schools.
About the twitter storm, from the #ResistTFA Facebook page:
We’re excited to announce that as a part of our Students Resisting Teach for America campaign, we’ll be hosting a Twitter chat regarding the Teach for America resistance. Our goal? Get #ResistTFA trending on Monday night (February 17th). We will begin using the hashtag at 8:30pm EST.
We hope by getting our hashtag trending, we’ll bring forward the significant critical views of TFA. We hope to reach as many potential TFA applicants as possible as TFA’s final deadline quickly approaches (2\20).
Now, for all you parents out there who are not that familiar with twitter and have no idea what a twitter storm is, simply ask your child. They will get you up to speed in no time.
The fun begins at 5:30 PM PST on Monday, February 17th.
If you need some info to tweet, check out the link on the left side of this page under the category titled “Teach for America”. At the end of the post are links to sites that can be tweeted.
See you on twitter!