The New Hot Thing on Campus
Anita Sharpe on Making a Difference
Just a few years ago, Ivy Leaguers were forsaking fat Wall Street salaries for fat dot.com salaries. Today, a surprising percentage of the nation's brightest students are forsaking fat salaries period -- instead competing for low-paying teaching jobs in some of the poorest and most challenging schools in America.
Teach for America, which recruits top college grads to teach in rural and inner-city schools, reports that applications this year were up 30 percent to 17,350. Indeed, the group received applications from 12 percent of Yale graduates, 11 percent of Dartmouth grads and 8 percent of Harvard and Princeton's graduating class, according to a story in the New York Times.
So what do you think -- is Generation Y (or we already on Z?) the group that will finally set the world on the right course? Are we at a tipping point for social consciousness?
P.S. -- check out the Sept./Oct. issue of Worthwhile magazine for an interview with Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp.