Recent Graduate Selected for Teach for America
Daniel Hay receives prestigious fellowship to one of the nation’s most competitive positions
NEW YORK, October 5, 2010—Few job offers would cause recent college graduates to pass up such prestigious opportunities as a job on Capitol Hill or an offer to Harvard Law School. Yet, as a recent New York Times article shows, Teach for America is creating quite a stir among those looking for the nation’s top jobs.
The King’s College is pleased to announce that one of its 2010 graduates has joined this elite cadre of America’s future leaders. Daniel Hay is currently teaching math to middle school students in Wilmington, Del.
Daniel decided to apply for the Teach for America program because he has always been fascinated by education policy. Whether the topic at hand is crime or family structure or economic stability, Hay said, “just about every issue policymakers feel the need to ‘fix’ could be largely averted with better schools and better teachers.”
“Unfortunately, we have failed to ensure a quality education for every student in this country and have fallen behind just about every industrialized nation in educational outcomes,” he said.
Daniel said that so many of the opportunities in his life have been the “direct result of a handful of teachers who believed in me and challenged me to discover my own potential. Millions of children across this country go through their entire schooling career without ever encountering such a teacher.”
To ensure that America remains competitive in education, Daniel believes that more teachers must be “willing to commit to teaching with the same energy that stock brokers and lawyers and doctors devote to their profession.” Thus, at Teach for America, all the new teachers undergo a five-week intensive training and development—or, as he put it, “Teacher Boot Camp.”
Already, Daniel feels confident as a classroom instructor. He shared one story of a girl in his summer science class who other teachers had cast off as unmotivated and difficult to manage. He, however, saw that she was simply bored. During a summer sessions, he said, “I recognized that she, like me, craved a challenge, and would respond better to more difficult work, so my co-teacher and I began putting AP Bio Exam questions on her daily quizzes. By the end of the summer, she improved her score to a 96 on the end of course exam.”
At The King’s College, Daniel studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. He said that the “demanding degree was a perfect preparation for the teaching profession.”
“PPE emphasizes that government alone is not enough to fix man's problems,” he said. “Philosophy shows us that man is fallen; politics shows us that man is self-interested; and economics shows us that man has imperfect knowledge. In the field of education, governments cannot create good schools. The government can create a field defined by professionalism, academic freedom, and standards-based accountability, but only teachers, administrators, parents, and students can actually improve educational outcomes.”
The challenge of the Teach for America program has inspired Daniel to become a better teacher and to search for solutions to the education problem in this country. His education at The King’s College—which prepares students to help shape and to lead in such areas of society as education—and his record of success have prepared him for Teach for America and beyond.
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