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Teach For America Counter-Narratives

Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out


Edited By Jameson T. Brewer and Kathleen deMarrais

In its twenty-five years of existence, Teach For America (TFA) has transformed from an organization based on a perceived need to ameliorate a national teacher shortage to an organization that seeks to systematically replace traditional fully-certified teachers while simultaneously producing alumni who are interested in facilitating neoliberal education reform through elected political positions. From its inception, TFA has had its share of critics; yet criticism of the organization by its own members and alumni has largely been silenced and relegated to the margins.
This book – the first of its kind – provides alumni of TFA with the opportunity to share their insight on the organization. And perhaps more importantly, this collection of counter-narratives serves as a testament that many of the claims made by TFA are, in fact, myths that ultimately hurt teachers and students. No longer will alumni voices be silenced in the name of corporate and neoliberal education reform.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Teach for America counter-narratives: alumni speak up and speak out / edited by T. Jameson Brewer, Kathleen deMarrais. pages cm. — (Black studies and critical thinking; vol. 9) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Educational equalization—United States. 2. People with social disabilities—Education—United States. 3. Teach for America (Project) I. Brewer, T. Jameson. II. deMarrais, Kathleen. LC213.2.T43 379.2’6—dc23 2015008441 ISBN 978-1-4331-2877-6 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-2876-9 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1556-1 (e-book) ISSN 1947-5985

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