Monthly Archives: July 2013

TFA co-CEO’s vs. The Boogeyman

So here I am trying to mind my own business when I see this tweet on my feed: This is by one of the co-CEOs of TFA, Matt Kramer, quoting something that the other CEO Elisa Villanueva-Beard said in a … Continue reading

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My Viral Video Message to the 2013 TFA CMs

Recently there has been a lot of good discussion about the pros and cons of TFA.  It started this summer with Katie Osgood’s An Open Letter to New Teach for America Recruits which has gone ‘viral’ and already has 500 … Continue reading

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Preventing a disaster

It’s not easy being me. How would you feel if you had the power to foresee a tragedy in the near future, know that you have the power to help prevent it, yet also know that the beneficiary of your … Continue reading

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Hanging Chad

I know that people always get upset, no matter how many times I issue this disclaimer, when I use a blog post or tweet from a new corps member to illustrate some of the problems with the TFA ‘mindset’ training.  … Continue reading

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My response to what I thought Rick Hess’s Monsters University review was going to be

So this is pretty hypothetical, as you can glean from the title. I took my five year old daughter to see Monsters University the other day.  This is a prequel to Pixar’s Monsters Inc., one of the best movies ever … Continue reading

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My Discussion with Matt Barnum Part 6 (and final)

For links to all 6 part of this discussion go here Gary, It’s certainly not surprising that I’ve failed to change your mind, and you’ve failed to change mine. You’ve been thinking about, and living, this issue for much longer … Continue reading

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Why I am sending my daughter to P.S. 163

Over the past year there have been several articles analyzing which schools people on both side of the ‘reform’ debate send their children to go to school.  For example, Obama’s kids go to Sidwell Friends.  Duncan sent his kids to … Continue reading

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