TFA, just like so much of corporate education reform, fails to acknowledge the "appropriate role of a TFA recruit" in a school where there are experienced teachers who have devoted their lives and their careers to a particular school and community and its children.
And so, TFA'ers, who are bright and probably had a good, genuine education are smart enough to see that this is not the answer to educating the children in urban areas who suffer from poverty and lack of resources. One way people can make a difference is if teachers and professors stop writing letters of recommendation for young college graduates with a 5 week teacher boot camp to go into public schools as "teachers" all across the country. Put the money where it belongs and pay TFA'er to work "with" or "be mentored" and give the education of the nation's children real meaningful opportunities with two adults in a classroom. These kids don't need more tests, they need more teachers, social workers, librarians, camps, activities, and health care.