TFA founder vs. Diane Ravitch at Aspen Ideas Festival

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This is a very interesting discussion between Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System and education historian, and Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach for America.

Some of the basic issues keep coming up, about the effect of using inexperienced, uncertified teachers in our public schools. ┬áBut the most telling points made were from Wendy Kopp, who doesn’t seem to see a problem with building political leaders out of people that teach for two years, just as a stepping stone for something greater.

While it’s probably unfair to blame all the charterization, test mania and school co-locations on TFA, it’s strange how Kopp keeps alluding to childhood poverty as a side issue.

So why are the schools with the highest college-bound students and the lowest remediation rates often the most affluent?

We paraphrase Ravitch, “what I want for other kids is the same great education I want for my own.”

We want that, too.

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