The fuss over Teach for America‘s Ivy League applicants — such as this New York Times story about “the chosen few” — frustrates Jamie Davies O’Leary, a TFA alum working for Fordham. What counts is commitment to low-income children, not SAT scores, writes O’Leary.
Teach For America screens heavily for humility, for evidence that one has the ability and drive to overcome significant obstacles, and above all for a commitment to kids in poor communities and a willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure that they learn.
TFA is recruiting at religious colleges, including outreach to evangelical Christians with a tradition of caring for “the least of these.” TFA should put more weight on racial and socioeconomic diversity in recruiting teachers, O’Leary writes.
The New York Times’ Room for Debate asks: Does Teach for America improve the teaching profession?