Such attitudes may be at odds with common sense and the evidence but are nonetheless indicative of the political challenges that Teach For America continues to face. These attitudes mean that rather than learning from Teach For America, for example its screening methods, the field remains largely shuttered to fresh thinking and new approaches.
Mark Twain noted that, "few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example." Teach For America illustrates the sentiment well but the energy it has unleashed is only growing. Sooner or later change is coming to education and when it does Teach For America will have played an instrumental role in fueling it.