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[Susan notes: According to their website, Fast Company magazine was founded on a single premise: A global revolution was changing business, and business was changing the world. Discarding the old rules of business, Fast Company set out to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are inventing the future and reinventing business. Clearly, they think the same "new business practices" apply in education. Good for Cathy Toll for calling them to account. ]

Submitted to Fast Company but not published

To the editor

The item on Teach for America in your December/January issue ( Corps Values") seems to be an argument for Teach for America, but the content actually is an argument against it. Nineteen TFA alumni are featured, and only one is a classroom teacher. These examples suggest that the most successful TFA folks have left teaching. In addition, the lead-in claims that "nearly two-thirds of TFA alums remain in education, half of those as classroom teachers." That means that more than 2/3 of those who have joined TFA are not in the classroom.

What are the values claimed by the title of this piece? It would seem that the primary value is to get out classroom teaching.

Meanwhile, we have hundreds of thousands of excellent public school teachers. If only Fast Company would pick nineteen of them and feature the great things they are doing IN THE CLASSROOM as teachers for America's children.

Cathy Toll

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