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    "Ben Chavis, the most politically incorrect person on the planet, is also, not coincidentally, one of the people most correct about inner-city education. Read this book by a man who gets results as a practitioner of the 'no excuses' approach to schooling."
    - George F. Will, The Washington Post columnist

    "…[T]here is much to be learned from this account. It is possible to restore public education to its mission of educating the nation's citizens. There is a message of hope and possibility in 'Crazy Like a Fox' that we should embrace."
    - Mitchell Kapor, The San Francisco Chronicle

    "Chavis [is] undeniably one of the country's finest educators…Thrust this book into the hands of all the parents you know and implore them to read it…Chavis is passionate, articulate, and entertaining. He's also right."
    - Mark Hemingway, National Review

    "American Indian [is] a rarity in American education, defying the axiom that poor black and Latino children will lag behind others in school."
    - Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times

    "To get the kind of results Chavis does in Oakland is a work of stripped-down genius. Ben's book reads like Ben talks: forthright, funny, irreverent, and wise. For anyone who cares about American education, for anyone who cares about America, Crazy Like a Fox is an essential read."
    - Jack Cashill, author What's the Matter with California?

    Archive for 'Educational Approach'

    Re: Democrats, Lies, and the Awful Education of Minorities!

    I found the following praise for Crazy Like a Fox: One Principal’s Triumph in the Inner City in a Google Alert. The blogger goes by the pseudonym Diogenes The Cynic. Here’s what Diogenes the blogger passionately wrote: “One of the most compelling conservative books I have had the fortune to read is Crazy Like A […]

    Guest Blog: Dumbing Down vs. Raising Expectations

    A friend of mine who just finished up a year as an academic coach at a low-performing school district in Southern California has a great anecdote to share about one day on the job and–I might add–one day of making a meaningful difference despite the deadening mediocrity that surrounded her. Here it is: “I had […]

    Bias Against Charter Schools

    I read “The Patron Saint (and Scourge) of Lost Schools” in New York Magazine and found myself irritated with journalist Jeff Coplon because of his bias against charter schools, which he referred to as “quasi-public schools.” Charter schools aren’t “quasi” public; they are public. Coplon writes about charter schools: “Can privately run schools justly take […]

    Too Many Balls in the Air–Literally

    While subbing at my local, underperforming middle school in San Diego County today, I had a strange impression of disorder and its relationship to the expression: “too many balls in the air.” During one period I was a P.E. assistant. The P.E. teacher was absent and had left for his substitute the plans to let […]

    Spanish as the primary language of instruction…in California?

    I have been subbing in a small, rural school district with demographics reminiscent of the inner city, though less diverse. The student body is predominantly poor and Hispanic. At the elementary school, they use what is called a “Dual Language Immersion Program.” It’s not exactly “dual”, however, when you consider that the vast majority of […]

    Cato Institute Podcast, Roadblocks to Reform

    The Cato Institute recently aired a podcast called “A Charter School That Works.” Caleb Brown interviewed Ben Chavis about American Indian Public Charter School’s model as well as replicating successful charter school models on a larger scale. Ben pointed out some of the roadblocks to reform. One problem is that underperforming public schools get monetarily […]

    New Washington Post Article

    Jay Mathews, the education columnist for The Washington Post, wrote about Crazy Like a Fox and AIPCS’s education model in an excellent article entitled “A Crazy Idea for Middle Schools”. The piece was published on Friday, October 2. Here’s the link: