In a post recently, this blog broke the news that Teach for America was retrenching, laying off staff, eliminating the diversity department, and cutting high-level administrators.


The reason: recruitments are down. The leadership says they suffer from competition with an improved economy, and why teach when you can land a high paying job in the private sector? The fact is that TFA is getting a lot of criticism, especially from its alumni. A number of them have gone public, complaining that they were unprepared for their assignments or that they saw TFA as a union-busting corporation.


TFA appeals to youthful idealism, but what is idealistic about union-busting? What is idealistic about offering to teach needy children when you are ill-prepared? Can you “save” them when you don’t know what you are doing?