hairylunch (hairylunch) wrote,

Teach for America

So while I was at the Mud House on Friday night, I was reading a copy of Time magazine, and read this interesting article. From the article:

There is a legitimate philosophical difference here, and it involves the difference between voluntarism and service. Voluntarism is the act of doing valuable things that fall just outside the normal scope of governance. Service is more intense: it is a full-time commitment to do the most difficult public works — policing, teaching, social casework.

This was driven home to me last night at the Mud Lounge when a co-worked said he was proud of me and the difference I was making, to which I responded that I didn't feel I was making much of a difference, that I could have had a much greater impact doing something else. I do wonder if I could have gotten into TFA, since they only accept about 1 out of every 8 applicants. (Coincidentally, there was an IBM ThinkPad advertisement in Newsweek that was highlighting Wendy Kopp and TFA.)

Interestingly enough, the TFA website doesn't mention that they have no government funding for next year. I wonder if I can still apply and hope they find funding elsewhere?

  • new digs

    I've moved to! I've been on LiveJournal since the navel-gazing days of blogging, even paying for a…

  • Portland and Protests

    Truth is complicated. Memes and tweets serve as news for many today, and folks cherry pick their sources and the items they want to believe.…

  • Random Thoughts

    Lots of time to listen to podcasts and think/process these days . . . a few items that have been percolating in my brain ... Being a poet/imposter…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.