Village Voice critiques the Teaching Fellow program, which gives would-be teachers a summer’s worth of training and then throws them into a classroom — usually working with the most difficult students in a poorly equipped, crowded, high-poverty school. One survivor calls it “teaching hell.”
For the first two years, fellows work on a master’s in education while teaching. The ed school classes are useless, fellows tell the Voice. Democrats for Education Reform’s quote of the day:
Total bullshit … I think I did better work in high school.”
— “Susan,” a New York City Teaching Fellow, describing the graduate level coursework in education required to become certified as a teacher.
Most are gone within five years; some move on to suburban schools while others vow never to teach again.