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Tom Bloch: I think Teach for America is a wonderful idea. In our school, for the first time this year, we have two Teach for America teachers, and I think it’s an interesting concept and what it [appeals] to me is that they are finding the best and brightest young people out of colleges to become part of this program. Now, they may not have the time and depth of study and the education by the time they begin teaching, but they are smart and energetic and I think very determined to succeed.

 

Question: What other programs do recommend?

 

Tom Bloch: There is a very interesting program, it happens to be in Kansas City, at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. It’s called the Institute for Urban Education. The philosophy is that teachers need to be prepared for the inner city as… in other words, they need to be like specialists, just like doctors when they go to medical school will specialize in a particular field.

That same concept is used at this Institute for Urban Education, so that the time a student comes in as a freshman, they are immersed in schools that are in the urban core, and they are absolutely prepared, for over a four-year period, to be placed in an inner city school. And I really think this is a very novel idea for a couple of reasons, it sort of suggests that this… the environment in an urban school is unique, and it also is unique in the sense that these students are spending much, much more time in inner city schools. So that, over the four-year period, they will spend at least double the amount of time in actual schools than in a traditional teacher education program, which I think is a positive thing.

 

Recorded on: October 13, 2008

 

 

Tom Bloch on Teach for America

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