Applications are soaring for Teach for America. High prestige, bad economy. Perhaps TFA should ask corps members to commit to three years of teaching instead of two. If half the applicants decide that’s too much, they’d still have plenty of very good people to choose from. And there’d be fewer TFAers who leave just as they’re getting to be good teachers.
Update: The Post story unfairly characterizes research on the effectiveness of TFA teachers compared to traditionally certified teachers, Eduwonk writes. In addition, their attrition rate — 40 percent remain in the classroom for more than two years — compares favorably with the turnover rate for all teachers at the high-need schools where TFAers work.