- With students, nurture matters more than nature
- With teachers, nature matters more than nurture
TfA selects only about 11% of its applicants, and it primarily wants college grads who got into elite colleges, earned high grades, and demonstrated strong leadership skills and perseverance. In other words, pre-Harvard Business School types. Then it gives them a ridiculously short five weeks of training, and off they go for two years. But that’s okay because they are innately better than the kind of people who become normal teachers.
And, yes, probably they are. But they can’t be allowed to suspect that some students are better than other students.