TeachFirst is a bit like marmite. Those who know it tend to love or hate it. As a TF alumni who went on to teach participants for several years at the Summer Institute, I’m a big fan of the programme. At the same time I realise it’s not perfect.
For this reason I constantly try and balance my views by reading articles for and against it, and when I do hear complaints I try and think through ways TF can improve. The organisation is committed to improving too, and does listen. For two years I sat on the participant liaison committee and we bent their ears about ways they should improve (many of which happened). Management there will soon tell you that even after finishing the program I still bend ears when I can!
Below are the blogs which I so far think best capture arguments for or against the programme. I’m keeping an eye out for others and would like to expand the list. Let me know if I’ve missed any.
Managing Risk at TeachFirst – by Matt Hood, ex-Regional Director
Top 5 Myths About TeachFirst – by me, shameless self-plug
TeachFirst: Setting the Record Straight – interview with Brett Wigdortz, CEO of TeachFirst, over at SecEd
What We Can Learn from TeachFirst – Joe Kirby
Teacher Training: It Is What You Make It – newstateswoman
Why I Didn’t Join TeachFirst – Musings of a new teacher
TeachFirst, Repent At Leisure – by oldandrewuk on teachingbattleground
Why I Quit TeachFirst – Management Today
TeachForAmerica Apostates: A Primer for Resistance at truthout, admittedly this is about TFA, but it seemed relevant