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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Teach for America
« on: February 17, 2006, 11:43:16 AM »
I think more of the controversy is within the education community, not in politics. Itís whether this is a good way to address education problems, itís whether TFA is just trying to recruit college leaders even know they know many of them wonít stay in educationÖitís whether TFA is helping or hurting the teaching profession.

Yes, most TFA corps members lean left. no surprise there. But the organization has done a good job of obtaining the bi-partisan support it needs in order to keep growing and growing. They project 20,000 alum (doubling what they have now) in five years.

I think most of the controversy about the program is, does it work?? I am an alum myself and used to be very skeptical...and now I've come around, but it depends on what you're looking at. Are TFA teachers better than other first years? well, there's some Mathematica research that indicates yes. But ultimately, as someone who's continued to work in education, I don't necessarily think that's the most important question to ask, or at least the question TFA is most attacking. Yes, they want to put in excellent people in their schools...but they are really aiming to expand the problems of education to more of the nation's top college grads, many of who would not have thought about it.

Hereís something to chew on: 23 percent of TFA alum (accordcing to their most recent alumni survey) stay and work at their original school or community. There are 16 TFA alum working in NYC's dept. of education. Alumni are serving as principals in 1/4 of the new schools opening in Chicago. And in places like the Delta, alum are styaing and opening nonporifts and becoming doctors, etc. I think all that is just amazing.

Now, I am living in a state that does not have TFA anywhere, after living in two other states that did. And I've begun to notice a lack, a lack of things happening when you don't have this pipeline bringing people in...people who might stay and do great things. And even if it's not directly in the classroom, it often affects issues directly affecting schools. TFA is not the only such pipeline...but it's big, and popular, and has a lot of support from a lot of people with lots of money. And that helps make it sustainable.

My basic thoughts now...having taught in LA for three years...the problems in public education are really really big. Yes, we need great teachers who commit to teach way beyond the two years TFA asks. but we also need a really broad movement, with people knowledgeable and passionate about the problems in education working to solve them from multiple angles. And in that way, TFA is doing an excellent job.

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Greetings from another journalist! I graduated with a BA in English in '98. I did not really think I was "old" for law school until I got on this site. But I did go back to school in '02 for a master's degree...and loved it!!  I just still can't believe that my grad school GPA does nothing to boost up my unimpressive undergrad GPA.


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General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you reading right now?
« on: January 07, 2006, 05:06:37 PM »
It is just tough to edit random lsn essays. They come out of nowhere. as for me, i  was edited my many of my very smart friends, including harvard and stanford law grads. then i asked someone on lsn for a final proof--meaning grammar stuff. i got advice to change the whole thing. okay--perhaps you didn't like the style. but i had asked for a grammar check. Iím done with that.

And why do I get random emails from people asking me to read their essays when I never have offered? I guess itís the same reason why I get emails from random state law schools that I have no interest in applying to,. right?

And Coetzee is great. Disgrace is detached and thatís why itís beautifulósome poster explained it really well. I can see why people donít like it, but itís just so very very different from anything Marquez attempts to be that I see no point in bringing them up together.

I havenít read the posts carefullyólike I said, I am at work. So sorry if I am missing something.

I am reading V. right now, by Pynchon, which is why I decided to post because I like it but often get confused and overwhelmed and feel like giving up. Thatís when I just decide to reread whatever chapter Iíve been on. Anyone read it? Shall I keep going? (Iím halfway)

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Law School Applications / Re: anyone having LSAC problems?
« on: December 27, 2005, 12:11:26 PM »
help, please, if you can...

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Law School Applications / anyone having LSAC problems? crisis over
« on: December 27, 2005, 12:02:15 PM »
okay...we're fine.

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monreith, of course you should be here. this is for anyone who is happy with their score...happiness is relative! being happy with yourself is not something the the lsat scale or score determines.

congrads on your big improvement.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Scores Are Finally Here!
« on: December 23, 2005, 03:02:52 PM »
yay for sea dream!! you rock. and you get the award for the most excessive unnecessary worrying. maybe i should've freaked out as much as you did!!

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I'm happy. Or content, really.I got a 165, but I missed 14, and that's good for me. Yeah, the scale's tough, but c'est la vie. I did about as well as I could do. I have attained peace of mind.

Where is zen, by the way?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Scores Are Finally Here!
« on: December 23, 2005, 01:42:27 PM »
sorry, unionyes, it's true! but don't worry. i am happy with my score--i missed 14 questions, which is about what i usually do (though it's usually a higher schore!)

so i look at it this way--before we both got 162s and were upset.

now i get a 165 and am happy...not as much as i could be, but content, and that's a good feeling.

and you too will be content--whatever score it takes for you to get there!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: current journ. does not have a liberal bias
« on: December 23, 2005, 01:37:03 PM »
i missed the bio question...it's biologists who do research fill disprop. low number of scientific admin. positions in universities

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