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Growing up in Detroit, Nicole Baker Fulgham was fortunate to attend a magnet school where most graduates went on to college. The neighborhood school many of her friends attended had a 50 percent dropout rate, no AP classes, and very few grads who earned ...

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Robyn .

August 04, 2010  1:37pm

I understand what TFA seeks to do. It is a noble and needed mission. I just don't agree with the way they go about it. TFA teachers are in the school for a year or two, then they leave. Many of them do not want to be full-time career educators. As a public school teacher in a low-income area, I have a problem with that. If we are serious about reforming our educational system to be more equitable (which we SHOULD be), then students in poor areas should get the BEST, MOST EXPERIENCED teachers, not the newbies straight out of undergrad who aren't even trained as teachers. If people want long-term solutions to the education gap between rich and poor, it will take resources--MONEY--for poor schools to be able to provide the same opportunities: experienced educators and counselors (who make higher salaries), sports and arts, after school programs, technology, facilities, etc. Wealthier areas provide these through taxes and bonds. How are we going to give all kids the same chances?

Dave Daubert

August 04, 2010  12:36am

The point about educational inequity is a serious one and this article lifts up one way that Christians and educators can work to make a difference. Nicely done and inspiring to read about!

bill holston

August 03, 2010  2:47pm

Love your comments, Nicole. You give me some hope for the future. You are certainly living out Micah 6:8... and you love Coltrane!