Today Cloaking Inequity is hosting the world premier of a new short film about Teach For America entitled Teach for America – Passion vs. Preparedness. This film was made by Texas filmmaker Julia Duke. She presents a balanced perspective with two critiques and two supporters. The film begins with a critique of Teach For America. It then integrates the perspectives of an Austin Teach For America recruiter and a former TFA corps member who now teaches at the KIPP charter school in Austin. The story then integrates Elle Chernosky’s perspective about her recent Teach For America experience teaching in KIPP San Antonio. You have most likely seen the Teach For America promotional and marketing materials over the years with corps member extolling the virtues of a short term teaching stint… But have you ever seen a film with the experiences and critiques from a TFA corps member? I think this may be the first time that a film has included a critical perspective about Teach For America. Let me know what you think about the film. Tweet to me at @ProfessorJVH.
Updated: 3/24/15 Teach For America’s lawyers threatened to take legal action against the Director and the film had to be taken down.
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