Everyone knows my feelings about TFA, but some days I do feel like I am here doing at least a tiny little bit of good for a very few of my students.
We were discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in class the other day as part of a Hunger Games based conversation about whether or not you can blame people for their actions if that is all they have been taught to do or to think.
I had a girl (I teach 9th grade) raise her hand and say, “Now please don’t laugh at me, but is Israel a real place? I thought it was just something in the bible.”
That is why I Teach For America.