“The Internet likes snacks – simple, focused products that capture an atomic behavior and become compound only by linking in and out to other services. This has become even more so with the shift to mobile. People check their phones frequently, in short bursts, looking for nuggets of information.”—The Internet is for snacking - Chris Dixon (via adamkatz)
“When Pew Research first started asking about social networking site use in February 2005, just 8% of internet users—or 5% of all adults—said they used them. Today, 67% of online adults use social networking sites.”—
This summer the music platform Spotify joined with the New York City Department of Education’s Innovate NYC Schools initiative to sponsor the first ever Music Education Hackathon, where makers, teachers and students worked together to create new solutions.
It is summertime, which for those of you newly accepted into Teach for America, means you are enduring the long hard days of Institute. I congratulate you on being accepted into this prestigious program. You clearly have demonstrated intelligence, passion, and leadership in order to make it this far.
And now I am asking you to quit.
"I want you all to understand what even first-year teachers from traditional teacher prep programs are offering. Pre-service teachers are slowly introduced into teaching, beginning with hundreds of hours of observation in multiple settings, with much discussion, reflection, and study of pedagogy and child development along the way. We slowly step up our practice to individual tutoring, small group instruction, and short whole group lesson plans before moving on to student teaching placements for many months. This model of teacher prep minimizes the effect on children, and creates safe spaces for new teachers to practice under the watchful eye of a mentor."
“Whatever you do, do not allow TFA to let you learn how to teach on the backs of our neediest children, children living in poverty, children with disabilities, children who are still learning English, child living under oppression, racism, and savage inequalities. All children deserve a fully-prepared teacher for every day of their educational careers.”
And, if TFA truly offered higher-quality prep, why aren’t schools serving upper-income students demanding first year TFA teachers? The idea of course is preposterous. Upper-income parents would never, ever, allow uncertified, unprepared novices teach their own children. So why should Chicago’s low-income students endure this type of injustice?
You must understand the pushback, and that it has nothing to do with you personally.