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Relentless Pursuit: A Year in the Trenches with Teach for America


reviewed by Jal Mehta — March 02, 2009

coverTitle: Relentless Pursuit: A Year in the Trenches with Teach for America
Author(s): Donna Foote
Publisher: Vintage Books, New York
ISBN: 0307278239, Pages: 352, Year: 2009
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What is it like to “Teach for America?” Teach For America (TFA), the now nearly twenty year old program that takes newly minted college graduates and places them directly into some of the nation’s most troubled schools for two year stints, has become the destination of choice for many graduates of today’s top colleges. Journalist Donna Foote’s indispensable new book, Relentless Pursuit: A Year in the Trenches with Teach for America, takes us along on that journey by tracking the lives of four new TFA teachers over their first year at an extremely troubled South Los Angeles high school. With remarkably skilled documentary attention, Foote captures the alternating waves of idealism and disillusionment felt by these young recruits as they enter adulthood in one of the most challenging and high stakes settings imaginable. In a field filled with empty clichés—high expectations! effective leadership!—Foote invites us to explore a world populated... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 02, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15582, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 6:03:56 PM

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