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Old 10-08-2009, 04:50 PM
 
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Does anyone know whether FFX Cty employs these new college grads as teachers? I heard that these TFA teachers aren't necessarily considering teaching as a career, but do it to possibly reduce student loans or as a temporary job until grad/professional school.

If they are working as teachers, I assume they need to be certified in FFX Cty.

I read that Michelle Rhee of the DCPS is planning on dipping into this pool of "teachers" to infuse into DCPS.

Here's an example of one who recently got laid off though. It's kind of scary to think that someone fresh out of college with no experience in teaching and no degree in that particular subject field is allowed to teach the subject:
One laid-off teacher had taught in D.C. schools for six weeks. Brian Mokoro, 23, who graduated from Duke University last spring, joined Teach for America and moved to D.C. four months ago, taught math at Spingarn High School. He was one of six Teach for America teachers laid off out of 170 in the system, said Rhonda Stewart, a spokeswoman for the organization, which places high-achieving graduates into struggling districts nationwide.

Mokoro, who taught two classes of algebra and one of geometry to freshmen, said he was drawn to the District after double-majoring in public policy and economics.
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:36 PM
 
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Probably not, since the programs is geared toward impoverished ghetto schools, but since it's a federal government program anything is possible. I have mixed feelings about the concept; on the one hand it may attract people who think singing Kumbaya every morning is sufficient training, but on the other there are undoubtedly those who are more enthusiastic and successful than some of the incompetent frauds posing as "teachers" in the DC schools. It may be that part of the problem is the placement by the school system; for example, who assigned the guy cited to teach math instead of economics or government? Here's their website:

Teach For America - Help Ensure Educational Opportunity for All
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:15 PM
 
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And Bill Gates wouldn't be qualified to teach Computer Science, either. Elementary Education is a place for Math illiterates to hide. They take one math course, Math For Elementary Teachers. Your kids test scores may very well reflect that fact.

I will bet you lunch at Popeye's that Brian's SAT scores were higher than anyone on that campus. Also note, only 7 of the TFA teachers were let go. What about the other 163? Michelle Rhee is so brilliant that the NEA hates her guts. Kind of makes you wonder.
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:26 PM
 
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Michelle Rhee is my hero.
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:47 PM
 
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Michelle Rhee is my hero.
Me too!
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Old 10-09-2009, 04:28 AM
 
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Elementary Education is a place for Math illiterates to hide. They take one math course, Math For Elementary Teachers. Your kids test scores may very well reflect that fact.
Hey now. Let's watch the generalization. One could say the same thing for science! If you taught the same concepts (putting small numbers together and taking small numbers apart) for 12+ years as I have, I bet your math brain would be small too! I can say that I've taken more than just Math for Elementary Teachers though. There are many generalizations that can be made for the high school and middle school teachers, but I'll hold back this morning.

Being new to the area, I'm curiously watching the situation in DC.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:22 AM
 
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Anyone with a Econ degree from duke ought to to able to teach freshman algebra. Economics is a pretty math intensive program.
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Old 10-09-2009, 04:40 PM
 
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Anyone with a Econ degree from duke ought to to able to teach freshman algebra. Economics is a pretty math intensive program.
I doubt that. They may know the material, but not necessarily enough to teach it.

How is a bachelors in economics math intensive?
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Old 10-09-2009, 05:50 PM
 
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Well, at JMU, you would have to take College Algebra, Calculus for Business Majors, Statistics, Quantitative Methods, Production Operations Management, Finance, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Data Processing, and Managment Information Systems Concepts. That would be 30 credit hours of Math oriented courses before you took your first Econ class. That's how.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:15 PM
 
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Wow!
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