The Right Stuff: Recruiting Tomorrow’s Teachers

In today’s economy, landing a job immediately following graduation is becoming increasingly tough.  It appears that landing a position with Teach for America is no exception.  What may be surprising, however, is just how selective TFA’s hiring process has become.  As the New York Times reports,

 “…Getting into the nation’s top law schools and grad programs could be easier than being accepted for a starting teaching job with Teach for America.  [Many would] count themselves lucky to be among the 4,500 selected by the nonprofit to work at high-poverty public schools from a record 46,359 applicants (up 32 percent over 2009).”

 Here’s The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein commenting on Teach for America’s recruitment success:

 “Teach for America, as this article makes clear, is ferociously selective. They’re more like an Ivy League graduate program than a volunteer organization. And that’s a feature, not a bug. The difficulty of getting accepted makes acceptance an accomplishment. It’s a job you can brag about, and it’s managed to achieve that status without offering much in the way of money. Whatever else Teach for America is — or is not — it’s a good reminder that money isn’t everything, the only thing, or even the most important thing. Status matters too, and maybe even more.” (more…)

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