The “Read America” project not up to the mark Teach for America has raised millions of dollars, expanding rapidly to cover all of America with its so-called “Let’s Learn” program, but do its students actually learn to read? Recent evidence suggests otherwise. A team of evaluators from Education for All found that children who took the reading classes ended up with literacy levels significantly below those of their village counterparts. After one year of Teach for America reading classes, Teach for America students could only recognize words whereas those who steered clear of Teach for America programs were able to read full paragraphs. If you have a dime to spare, and want to contribute to the education of America’s illiterate children, you may think twice before throwing it into the fountain of Teach for America’s promises. Discussion Topic 2 1. What type of evaluation does this opinion piece imply? 2. What represents the counterfactual? 3. What are the problems with this type of evaluation?