Posted by: CJ | June 2, 2009

Why I’m not doing it

Someday I’ll write a reflective post about my own experiences in an inner-city-ish high school. But for right now, I recommend this article by a TFA-er (Teach for America). I don’t really agree with his conclusions about what should be done, but it’s always, always good to remind oneself how clueless many people are about the reality of teaching in an inner-city school.

(Not to say that it’s utterly joyless or a waste of energy and talent. It isn’t the same as WWI trench warfare or some other hackneyed analogy. But it’s just not something to do to make a difference in the world, or because you want a fulfilling job. The efforts of any one individual will, most of the time, amount to nothing. Nearly debilitating disappointment is standard if you can’t handle people wasting opportunities. Said differently, the biggest problem isn’t that it’s challenging, though it is, it’s that it’s draining. In every way imaginable. And it’s even worse if you don’t understand where the students are coming from, like many of the TFAers.)



  1. wow. I’m going to write an answer to that guy’s blog, but I’m not sure where to start. Thanks for pointing it out.

    And why aren’t you set up so i can do an RSS feed?

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