"One day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education."
I guess this isn't really a quote, per se. What it is, however, is the Teach For America mission. I believe this statement is a very powerful one, and I do hope that in my lifetime I will see its realization. As I mentioned before, I was a TFA corps member in Los Angeles. I taught for two years in one of the nation's most under-performing school districts and in one of that district's most low-performing schools. During this time, I saw first hand- day in and day out, what a huge problem the achievement gap is in our country. I saw how unequal educational access, resources, and opportunities are for students simply based on where they are born... basically their zip code determines what type of education they will receive. Unfortunately, the students who need the most attention, resources, and support almost always get the least and the worst. I'm going to try really hard to stay off of my soapbox here, and just say that I really do believe in this mission/quote and in the importance of working toward its realization. Even though my two year commitment with TFA has long expired, I continue to teach in low-income areas because I believe in this mission, I want to teach where I am needed most, and I want to be a part of a positive change.
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