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What's the purpose of Teach For America if there's a shortage of teaching jobs for education majors?

I hear that it is tough to get a teaching job, but then why do we have Teach For America, where non-education majors can be placed in a teaching job immediately after college?

Asked By: - 10/30/2010
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TFA still fills a need. There still is a shortage of math and science teachers in urban areas. My school opened with 3 unfilled positions this year - all math and science. (I am in urban Los Angeles) a side note - my school also has 3 teachers teaching science who were recruited from the philipines - another alternate... More
Answered By: eastacademic - 10/30/2010
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A lot of people are asking that question right now, for exactly that reason. But keep in mind that the current job shortage is not because there isn't a NEED for teachers, but because the districts can't afford to pay them due to the bad economy. If they shut down the program, starting it up again later will be... More
Answered By: neniaf - 10/30/2010
 
Some teachers will not teach in certain dangerous areas so there is a big turn over. Once they get experience they can apply for a better job or area. Teach For America students often get put in these schools and have a miserable time of it. It is a way for big cities to staff undesireable schools.
Answered By: Donald B - 10/30/2010
 
Teach for America has its pros and cons. I don't know how I feel about non-education majors teaching. Teaching is like every profession - yet everyone thinks anyone can be a teacher. Perhaps that's why the system is so messed up. Not everyone can or should be a lawyer, a chef, a business man, yet anyone can be a... More
Answered By: Hmmmmm - 10/30/2010
 
Teach for America only places teachers into inner city, troubled schools. There is never a shortage of jobs in the inner city schools. This is a specialized area that many teachers with education majors are not really prepared to handle, and do not want to handle because they will be able to teach in much easier... More
Answered By: steveharris19@ymail.com - 10/30/2010
 
I agree with the previous poster about their being shortages, just not money to actually hire teachers in some areas. Just a mention to some of the other answers, my school system cut 200 jobs this past year, but still had to hire 80 people through their contract with Teach for America.
Answered By: Angela Harris - 10/30/2010
 
Teach for America (TFA) is a non profit organization. Usually college graduates and professionals are recruited for a couple of years to teach in the low income areas of the USA. It offers the recruiters to make an impact with students while at the same time making them long term educators in the creating of... More
Answered By: VelvetRose - 10/30/2010
 
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