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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Too Dangerous For "Teach for America"...

And so begins the start of another week with no assignments. I DO have two classes lined up for Thursday and Friday…….NEXT week but nothing so far THIS week.

In the meantime, the eBay auction business is picking up. We have an odd collection of five items currently up and running. Anyone want twenty bronze hinges? We got’em!


As a follow up to Friday's post about problems in the upper grades in Britan, the following similar story about dangerous schools on this side of the Atlantic is making the rounds on several other EduBlogs.

Teach for America, known as the Peace Corps for struggling urban schools, has sent its teachers to the worst crime-ridden schools in the nation. But one Harlem school is too dangerous even for them.

Read the full story

Just a few excerpts:

"...The national group (TFA) pulled about 10 of its teachers from Intermediate School 172 after one of them was threatened and others were assaulted last year, the Daily News has learned."

"...Teachers said students routinely roam the halls of the W. 129th St. building, pushing their way into classrooms where they don't belong and pulling fire alarms."

English teacher George Ticoras said he had a chair hurled at him by a student and has been assaulted several times by kids."

"...It is plagued by four times the number of major crime incidents tallied at the average city middle school, and a stunning 90% of its students fail to meet math and reading standards."

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