Gladwell: I only ask because whenever I see Teach For America spoken of in a derogatory manner, it's invariably by someone on the right, which confuses me because because I would have thought that it was almost the other way around. Do you have a sense of this? Am I wrong in thinking this?Wowzers. What planet is Gladwell on? TFA criticism only from the right?
Kopp: Um...I doubt it. I mean, you're saying our folks are largely from the left? We have a diverse group of people.
Gladwell: What percentage of TFA alumni voted Republican in the last election?
Kopp: I don't know, I can't answer. It's maybe not that high of a percentage. But I'm not sure. (laughing)
Kopp either didn't understand the question, didn't want to correct Gladwell, or somehow agrees with his armchair analysis. Baffling, to say the least.
If the above isn't confusing/frustrating enough, skip to the chapter titled, "Is Katrina the Best Thing to Happen to Education?"