Before I wrote my last post expressing my skepticism about Teach For Canada, I wrote to the contact address on its website to ask a few questions. Information on the website seemed sparse, and I didn’t want to risk misrepresenting the organization.
Here are the questions I sent to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Kyle Hill, one of the two co-founders of the project (the other is Adam Goldenberg), responded to me with a perfectly pleasant offer to meet with me to discuss my concerns, since he happened to be in my town.
I was out of town at the time, so I asked if he could please answer the questions via e-mail, which he said he would do. After not hearing for a few days, however, I decided to go ahead and publish my blog post (things get busy again once the school year starts).
Hill wrote soon after to say this:
I wrote back to ask Kyle if he could still answer the questions, which I would post verbatim on this blog. I’d still like to know the answers, and the offer to publish still stands. Kyle, if you read this, I’m sure I’m not the only one who would appreciate knowing these details about you and the project.
PS : I’m also curious to know who are the Indigenous leaders with whom TFC says it’s working to develop its program.
PPS: Since I posted my piece Tobey Steeves has published a well-researched series of posts on Teach for Canada on his new blog Remapping Education, some of which relate to my first two questions above. Tobey found some information that I hadn’t; this post in particular provides some details into TFC’s specific plans for operation.