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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Information Age Publishing (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607524422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607524427
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,111,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alex Turvy on September 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am a Teach For America alumni and found this book to be one of the most accurate depictions of the experience of being a Teach For America corps member that I have ever read. This is an incredibly important contribution to the national discussion.
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35 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Seeker of Truth on April 9, 2010
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Parents, grandparents, donors, teachers, and those who aspire to become a teacher should read this honest account of 1st year Teach for America "teachers" as they prepare to teach a class with 5 weeks of training. How many of us would take our cars to a mechanic who had just 5 weeks of training, or to a beautician with 5 weeks of training? It is ludicrous! Yet, we entrust our most prized possessions, our children, to teachers with such minimal training, every day!! I am a grandparent and it infuriates me to know that somewhere, someplace, some children are being short-changed and are not getting what each child in America is entitled to: a decent education, taught by accredited teachers!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Godon on December 15, 2013
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Very important book that takes a behind the scenes look at what it's like to be a TFA teacher. It's a must read for prospective TFA recruits before applying to or accepting a position. A great antidote to TFA's own marketing spin!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony LaMesa on September 4, 2013
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As a former corps member and (short-term) employee of Teach For America, I think that Torre Veltri nails it in this book. While the value of Teach For America remains open to debate and critical discussion, Torre Veltri offers in "Learning on Other People's Kids' a form of -- incredibly accurate -- ethnography of the Teach For America experience, primarily drawn from first-person qualitative research and interviews in the Phoenix region. So many other works on this controversial organization speak of it in the abstract and fail to truly provide readers with an understanding of what it really means to be a corps member, or to work alongside a corps member, but in this book Torre Veltri fills that gap. Anyone who wants to engage in debate or discussion about this organization -- or just learn more about it -- should start their education with this book.
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