Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 18 2009

Fun times in Atlanta

Here I am, two weeks deep into Institute. I have finished all of my work for the week and am in the unprecedented position of having some free time (after a 20-hour work day yesterday). So, am I going to talk about my students and the potential I see in them, as well as my frustrations with a broken system? Am I going to talk about TFA’s grass-roots system of teaching people to be not just educators, but advocates and voices for the unserved in every professional realm?

No. I am going to talk about my favorite part of Institute so far.

And that part is messing with the Ivy League kids.

Standard smalltalk:

“Hi, how’s it going, where are you from, what corps are you in, etc… where’d you go to school?”

“I went to Harvard.”

“Oh yeah? Where’s that?”

“Harvard? Uhhh…. um, it’s in Massachusetts. In the Boston area.”
“Really? That’s pretty cool. I’ve never heard of that.”

2 Responses

  1. ruchigoes2philly

    Haha. I’m scouring the blogring, and this entry made me laugh harder than anything I’ve read today. Times like these I have faith that I will meet SOME cool people at Induction…not just the quintessential Harvard graduates ;)

  2. THAT is priceless! :D

    On the other hand, if you had said to me that you’ve never heard of my alma mater, Purdue, I would have replied, “Ditto.”

Post a comment

About this Blog

a Teach For America teacher’s blog

Middle School

Subscribe to this blog (feed)