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September 29, 2009

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Bob Compton

Dear Julianne,

You ask a legitimate question - "When will we start thinking about the impact TFA teachers have on the communities they invade for two year stints?"

Here's some hard data on TFA Corps members after their 2 year stint:

1- 63% stay in education after their 2-year commitment - that's 63%!!!

2- More than 360 TFA alums are school leaders

3- 47% of those leaders are in traditional public schools

I might add, in observation, the Peace Corps operates with a similar approach. Does your question apply there too - as young, energetic Americans "invade" Third World villages?

Does it apply to all endeavors that are not life-time professional commitments?

Would you prefer out best, brightest and most passionate young Americans go to India and China and teach innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship for two years?

I know Wendy Kopp has been asked to set up Teach For India, but declined in favor of her home country.

Julianne

When will we start thinking about the impact TFA teachers have on the communities they invade for two year stints? How can we combine the effectiveness of TFA teachers with long term community sustainability?

Kronosaurus

Where are we going to keep harvesting these top notch recruits? Do we really expect that we can draw tens of thousands of our best college grads to teach for a pittance for a couple of years after college? We will get resume inflation and soon it will no longer be prestigious to put TFA on your resume. And, lets not forget,if you promote it too heavily and elites see it as a service-to-country duty we will be treading in fascism (at least for the tea bag set). Can't have that. So I'm questioning whether this is scalable.

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