That’s right, I’m back for one more installment of the Teach For America series—first we took a look at the overall organization and all sides of the related controversy. Next, I talked to a former TFA teacher to get her take on her experience working for the organization. Now I’d like to share the perspective of Molly Burke, who studied sociology and education at Occidental College, where she also earned her MA in teaching.
In order to gain insight into the Teach For America debate, I talked with a friend who worked as a TFA teacher in a Los Angeles middle school for two years.
Teach For America is an extremely popular program with soon-to-be college grads. So what makes it so controversial?
In light of graduating season, there’s a buzz in the air among many recent grads about repaying student loans. Those heading straight to graduate school may have a few more years of deferment, but those leaving academia begin repaying loans right away. Among my circle of friends who attended both public and private schools, payments seem to be around $70-$200 per month. With a common student debt loan upwards of $10,000 (and that’s being conservative), repayment periods tend to span at least a decades. A decade after college, I’d like to own a home and have a family. Surely, I don’t want to still be making monthly payments for classes I took while still a teenager. Fortunately, it may not have to be that way. Several new developments have been sprouting up across the country geared toward forgiving student debt, exchanging volunteer hours for loan repayment and other like-minded initiatives. [...]