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Sunday, October 02, 2005 4:43 PM
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.


lll - 10/3/2005 2:50:20 PM
I agree 100% with Jim. The only way to fix it is separate it from the state. Since when has any public system in the US been more effective than a private system? As capitalists we must ensure we are using the private/market to succeed. Also, watching the Bob Dylan documentary on PBS a couple weeks back reminded me that no generation has really changed our Social structure or consciousness, even if you think the baby boomers did it in the 60’s, then take a look around?

What makes you think gen X, Y or Z will do it,. They probably won’t because the same people that will be running the country are pumping money into a bureaucratic mess of a public school system and an overall governmental mess as well. Privatize as many systems and industries as we can and let the most effective corporations (not school districts) run them. Funny when Bob Dylan and the rest from the 60’s talk about the old , hairless generation making all the decisions and now many of the same people that are screwing up the PS system are sending kids to Iraq and the same ones who rallied against Vietnam in the 60’s. I will say there are slow fundamental changes which each generation gives us. There is no ‘tipping point’ to social consciousness. The concept is ludicrous, the effects of the generations now will not be seen for many years to come, not when they are in their teens, 20’s or even 30’s but when they are the senators, congressmen, CEO’s and presidents. Only then will you come to understand the value of the generation. Getting out of yale and going to teach in rural America is a great building block but in no way indicative of a generations success. No more telling then the hippies going to the peace corps.
Jim - 10/3/2005 11:15:36 AM
Unfortunately what will happen in most cases is that the bright, and enthusiastic young men and women will get crushed by a system that is designed not as an education system but as a function of political reach. Both the right and the left use the government school system for political ends (no child left behind). Teachers can do wonders for individual children, but they will not reform the system, many have tried and all have failed. The only answer is to abandon the broken system. We need a separation of school and state as firm and strong as the separation of church and state, then we will have a chance to take care of the children. The fundamental positive step to take is to get politics out of education.
Janet Auty-Carlisle - 10/2/2005 8:16:44 PM
There is a new generation of youth, called Indigo Children. They will be our salvation I believe. You can find out more if you 'google' indigo children and read up about them. Maybe some of these grads are of the Indigo ilk...that would be cool. Living la vida fearless, Jan www.tobeyourbest.net


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