They just played a radio commercial advocating alternative teacher certification in my state.
The following facts caught my ear --
1) the low percentage of minority students in my state that go on to college (they say 10% -- seems to be more than that.. but, I teach at a suburban CC...). (edited due to comments, since I wasn't paying close enough attention to the commercial_...
2) the success of Teach for America candidates in bringing up test scores etc.
The implication was that the TFA teachers are more successful because they tend to be minoirites.
Umm -- the little I know about TFA says that they prefer students from elite colleges and univiersites and that many TFA folks are not education majors.
Maybe their success is due to the fact that they are well-educated, non-education majors.
I know a couple of peace-corps folks who are now in teaching positions and I know one TFA person. All of them are quite bright, good role models and I suspect they are great teachers. None of them are education majors -- hmmm.