Anonymous User wrote:
I had a terrible TFA experience for many reasons that have already been mentioned (pushed, sexually harassed-staff and students, money stolen, death threats, etc.) . I also had friends who had wonderful experiences. It really depends on the school that you are in and very much on your principal. Go visit a classroom in a high performing charter school for a day, ask the teachers about their workloads, how the feel, etc. Then go visit a classroom in the absolute worst high school in the region (the one in the news, with the gang fights, arson, the alternative school, or whatever) and watch some classes and spend 20 minutes in the hallway seeing how the administration deals with the school as a whole. Realize that you could end up with EITHER ONE of these placements and you have no control over it. Make sure that you could survive in the most chaotic, violent, disorganized setting before you sign up. Hopefully that won't be your placement, but if you couldn't do it for two years then do not do TFA.
Yeah, that's what TFA wants you to think. At least in my region, they told us you have to take the first job we were offered. YOU DON'T. If you are going to do TFA, the one piece of advice I would give is: CHOOSE YOUR SCHOOL WISELY.
Perhaps that's not the case in all regions, idk.
(Agree with the rest of your post though)