Thursday, February 17, 2005

For Arianna

Teach for America Chews Up, Spits Out Another Ethnic Studies Major

Although Cuellen quit the program early, his mother said he was with TFA long enough for it "to crack open his bones and suck out the marrow inside."

"Andy is a ghost," Beverly Cuellen said. "Those [TFA] people beat the idealism out of him, then they stomped on him while he lay there gasping for air."

TFA regional coordinator Sandra Richman said it is common to blame the TFA employees for the organization's high plow-through rate.

"Should I have said something to wake those kids up sooner?" Richman said, crushing out her seventh cigarette. "Probably. But listen, no one can tell you that you can't make a difference. It's something you have to figure out for yourself."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohhh, yeah, it's funny 'cause it's horribly, horribly true.

Thanks, Max, for being the 87th person to bring this article to my attention.

- Arianna

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