Gary Rubinstein is a friendly critic of TFA. As a former corps member, he knows the good and the bad side of the TFA experience.

The question that is the title of this post is answered in his post, which I recommend.

What attracted me to Gary is that he doesn’t like hype and spin. He doesn’t like boasting. He thinks that TFA corps members can do some good but he knows they are not miracle workers.

A reader wrote over the weekend to say that he learned more than enough in his five weeks of training to be as good a teacher as anyone with a full year of preparation. I haven’t asked Gary, but I don’t think he would agree.