Teach for America has become the “one of the coolest things you can do after college,” writes Naomi Schaefer Riley in the Wall Street Journal. This year, 12 percent of Ivy League seniors applied to TFA, along with 7 percent of University of Michigan graduates and 6 percent of Berkeley grads.
A quarter of all black seniors at Ivy League schools and a fifth of Latinos applied to be teachers in the 2010 corps.
Of course, critics say TFA teachers don’t stay long enough in the classroom to get good. A majority leave teaching after two years and 80 percent leave after three years, according to a new study.
Here’s a link to blogs by TFA teachers, some of whom are in summer training programs.