Thoughts on too close relationships between Mathematics, TFA and their mutual donors and connections.
Wanna Cuddle? A new study paid for by the U.S. Department of Education enlisted the services of Mathematica, Inc., a research organization that has studied Teach For America and its subsidiaries, consistently for over a decade. The reports have one thing in common: Teach For America and the growing network of charter schools affiliated with TFA , end up with glowing reports of corps member effectiveness.
The most recent study released this month is focused this time, on the “gains” made by Teach For America’s Secondary Mathematics teachers. The report released by Mathematica, Inc., notes that gains attributed to TFA teachers, in secondary math education, which includes middle and high school teachers only teaching math, equated to two months of additional math instruction for students in mostly low-income schools. Julian Vasquez Heilig took issue with their conclusions here on Cloaking Inequity. See New Mathematica TFA Study is Irrational Exuberance
There are few huggy, snuggly, cuddly coincidences between Mathematic…
View original post 1,853 more words