Mallory Dwinal on the Economics of Teach for America

Topic: The Economics of Teach for America and U.S. Education Policy

Field & Institution: Education, University of Oxford

Bio: Mallory is a PhD candidate in Education at the University of Oxford, where she is a Rhodes Scholar. A graduate of Northwestern University, Mallory’s primary interests are in education reform, particularly for communities where English is not the primary language. Upon completing her degree at Oxford, Mallory intends to return to the States and teach bilingual students before picking up her deferral from the MBA program at Harvard Business School. Eventually, she hopes to found, manage, and teach in her own comprehensive US bilingual school.

Links to Books and Articles Mentioned:

1. The returns of a kindergarten teacher
2. The $500billion McKinsey Report (PDF)
3. Another interesting McKinsey report and journal article, both on the importance of having good teachers

A study on the returns of pre-school in the long-term (PDF)

A study on the local nature of teacher labour markets

Mallory’s top Three:

    1. (Anything by) Kurt Vonnegut


    1. This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald


    1. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides


Intro/Outro music: Edgar Meyer, Bella Fleck, Mike Marshal, “Sliding Down” in Heartland: An Appalachian Anthology

Interlude music: John Legend, “Wake Up Everybody”

  • I’ve heard a lot of ‘experts speak about education reform and the role of the teacher, this is definitely one of the better analysis I’ve come across. Also a very sober, but appropriate view of the role of TFA in sustainable school system reform. Best of luck to Mallory in your own TFA experience.
    Helen Yu, Newark ’07

  • Anonymous

    Helen, I think you’re right that it’s a sober but appropriate analysis. It was especially interesting that, as Mallory said, “since teachers don’t get to choose where they go, Teach for America puts them where they’re needed most, regardless of whether that’s a desirable place to live, where other teachers won’t go.” I’d love to hear more about your own experiences with TFA!

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