In business, when one's company has proven its product and has secured a steady supply of raw materials, one accelerates growth as quickly as possible -- to maximize benefits.
In education, when one proves top notch recent graduates can out-teach most teachers from colleges of education - the unions, the bureaucracy and the colleges of education - try to slow TFA down fear for of their own survival. So they question results, limit the number of TFA teachers by school or by district or regulate them out of the state. They do all they can to protect their own jobs.
Sorry, Americans children are not part of this discussion.
This year 35,000 individuals from more than 130 colleges applied to join Teach For America.
At Ivy League universities, 11 percent of all seniors applied, including nearly 20 percent of African-American and Latino/Hispanic seniors.
Teach For America is the No. 1 employer of graduating seniors at more than 20 schools, including Georgetown University, Spelman College, and the University of Chicago.
Why are TFA Corps teachers so successful? Highly intelligent, highly motivated people: GPA of 3.6, a combined SAT score of 1333 and 89 percent held leadership positions as undergraduates. And well trained by a talent, seasoned TFA staff.
Out of 35,000 applicants, TFA accepted 4,100 this year. But insiders say 10,000 easily met all the selection criteria - the schools just didn't want that many great teachers. Say what?
The unions, the colleges of education and the educational bureaucracy fought very hard to keep the number of TFA teachers to a minimum.
The Teachers Unions are particularly threatened - every TFA teacher is lost income to the Unions. So we call again on our old buddy Bob Chanin to remind us of what Teachers Unions are all about: