Department - Author 1

History Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BA in History



Primary Advisor

George Cotkin


This paper sets out to explore the controversy surrounding the program Teach For America. The paper sets out to argue whether or not Teach For America has been effective, in terms of its alignment with its goals and mission statement. I conclude that while TFA has been successful in some individual cases, the program as a collective has so far failed to make advancements within the opportunity gap experienced between low-income and high-income students within the American school system. The paper concludes by making several recommendations for the TFA program about how it can alter itself in hopes of being more effective. With the American public education system in immediate need of reform in order to ensure all students are given a quality education, the question remains about how we can actually carry out this revolution in education.