The Tom Friedman-Wendy Kopp irony in two tweets

 

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote a column this week about his trip to Shanghai with Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp. Friedman wrote that Shanghai schools have become so good in large part because of “a deep commitment to teacher training.” He made no mention of the fact that Kopp’s Teach for America is famous for recruiting newly graduated college students, giving them five weeks of summer training and then placing them in high-needs urban and rural classrooms.

Five weeks of teacher prep wouldn’t cut it in Shanghai.

Friedman and Kopp were in Shanghai to check out schools involved with Teach for All, the international organization Kopp founded based on Teach for America now operating in 32 countries; Kopp recently said she expects to be in 45 countries soon.

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.

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