Your Own Personal Blackboard Jungle: Fresh from the frontlines, New York Teaching Fellows tell all (Village Voice)

For the Voice’s summer education supplement, Stacy Cowley and I examine the program that brings people with no educational training to teach in New York City schools. The result: Teacher desks are filled, but are students getting the short end of the stick?

The subway ads promise inspiration, fulfillment, and the kind of career satisfaction rarely found in an office cube. “Your spreadsheets won’t grow up to be doctors and lawyers,” one gently chides. “You remember your first-grade teacher’s name. Who will remember yours?” asks another… [read more]