Do Teachers Really Matter?
|Above copied from The 74|
Although TFA lists the following minimum requirements:
In order to be considered for admission to the TFA corps, you must have abachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and U.S. citizenship, national/legal resident status, or be a DACA recipient.
One can assume that TFA places a premium on academic excellence. One simply has to look at the tips the TFA website provides to applicants:
|Above copied from teachforamerica.org|
Although, it may seem encouraging to see that volunteers are making a difference in basic education, one should not miss the other side of this story. Clearly, students not taught by TFA teachers are not doing as well. Who are these teachers? Who are the students taught by these teachers?
TFA is focused on helping under-resourced schools. TFA teachers commit to serving for two years in low-income communities. And upon closer inspection of the data presented in the Texas study, low-income, English learners, Black and Hispanic students benefit more from TFA teachers:
|Above copied from Texas study|