Teach for all counter-narratives: International perspectives on a global reform movement

Founded in 1989, Teach For America (TFA) has grown into a massive organization with a presence across the United States and has expanded internationally to 46 countries. TFA’s international expansion through Teach For All (TFAll) coincides with a broader exportation of neoliberal education reform ideologies across the globe. As a follow up to Teach For America Counter-Narratives: Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out (Peter Lang, 2015), this text is the first to provide a glimpse into the first-hand experiences of those impacted by the colonizing nature of TFAll and the global education reform movement of privatization.

Table of Contents

SECTION I: COLONIALISM, SOCIAL JUSTICE, INEQUALITY, AND DEFICIT IDEOLOGIES
1. The Non-Project, Jenny Elliott
2. A Tale from the Tail of the Fish, Nickie Muir
3. Disparities Between Expectations and Impact in Fellows’ Experience of an Alternative Teaching Program in China, Yue Melody Yin & Hilary Hughes
4. Teach First Ask Questions Later: An Experience of Teach First New Zealand, Sam Oldham

SECTION II: LEADERSHIP CULTIVATION OVER TEACHING
5. Leaders in the Community or Educators in the Classroom? Problematic Dual Roles of Fellows at Teach For China, Sara G. Lam, Tongji Philip Qian, & Fan Ada Wang
6. Teach For All in Latvia: A Case Study and Warning to the World, Elīna Bogusa & Leva Bērzîna
7. Meritocracy and Leadership: The Keys to Social and Educational Change According to Enseñá por Argentina, Victoria Matozo & Adri Saavedra
8. “We aren’t teacher, we are leaders”: Situating the Teach for India Programme, Vidya K. Subramanian
9. Sign of the Times: Teach For Sweden and the Broken Swedish Education System, P.S. Myers

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