The Peace Corps debate

Former Peace Corps country director Robert L. Strauss kicked off a fierce debate with his online essay, "Think Again: The Peace Corps." Strauss argued: In the eyes of Americans, no government agency better exemplifies the optimism, can-do spirit, and selfless nature of the United States than the Peace Corps. Unfortunately, it’s never lived up to ...

Former Peace Corps country director Robert L. Strauss kicked off a fierce debate with his online essay, "Think Again: The Peace Corps." Strauss argued:

In the eyes of Americans, no government agency better exemplifies the optimism, can-do spirit, and selfless nature of the United States than the Peace Corps. Unfortunately, it’s never lived up to its purpose or principles.

Former volunteers were eager to respond, and several of their letters are posted below. Peace Corps Director Ronald A. Tschetter also wrote in with his comments, saying he was "greatly disappointed with both the tone and misrepresentations of Robert Strauss’s article."

Former Peace Corps country director Robert L. Strauss kicked off a fierce debate with his online essay, "Think Again: The Peace Corps." Strauss argued:

In the eyes of Americans, no government agency better exemplifies the optimism, can-do spirit, and selfless nature of the United States than the Peace Corps. Unfortunately, it’s never lived up to its purpose or principles.

Former volunteers were eager to respond, and several of their letters are posted below. Peace Corps Director Ronald A. Tschetter also wrote in with his comments, saying he was "greatly disappointed with both the tone and misrepresentations of Robert Strauss’s article."

Readers, what do you think? Read the original article and the responses, and weigh in with your thoughts below.

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