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Stand Down Y'all. This Conversation About Teach For America Has Gotten Old and Helps No One.

Charles Cole pens a strong and very personal piece at CitizenEd in which he responds to yet another attack on Teach For America. He points out the lunacy of those who paint TFA as the end to public education as we know it and contrasts the unmatched diversity of their teaching corps with the overwhelmingly white and female teaching force that dominates American schools.
Yo, I’m going to keep it all the way real with you, public education was failing poor Black kids way before Wendy Kopp wrote the thesis that would eventually launch TFA. I know folks want act like public education was the bee’s knees in the 80s but I promise you it wasn’t. Travel to the Cooley High 70’s and guess what, it was still crap for poor Black folks.  
Charles Cole III
Charles Cole III is an educator and media producer focused on the advancement of all youth of color, but more specifically Black males. The passion comes from his own experiences growing up without proper support. His life’s goal is to better the communities he grew up in through his work. He has served as a social worker, a director for Teach For America, the vice chair of the ...

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