For a clearheaded look at the impact of TFA, check out this post by Eduwonkette. I’m eager to see the results of the McAdam study that she mentions. I also think I’ll check out his book.
P.S. I found the Fordham Fellows blog through Eduwonkette. Maybe I’m just perennially restless, maybe I’m more restless than usual right now, but I kind of want to be a Fordham Fellow. They get to meet education leaders and potentially influence policy, all in a setting where they have time to really research and think about the issues, rather than just spouting off like I do here. But if I were to apply, get accepted, and quit teaching in NYC for a four-month fellowship, I wouldn’t be able to work in NYC for two years! Now that’s a conundrum. Also, I don’t really want to live in DC.