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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 'Musings'

    Three Cups of Bitter Tea: One Man’s Mission to Deceive the World…One Lie at a Time

    The recent 60 Minutes expose on Greg Mortenson, co-author of Three Cups of Tea and famous philanthropist, provides a damning glimpse into Mortenson’s fabricated world. Some of the schools he claims to have started don’t exist; others stand empty or house spinach. Some of the schools that do exist claim they haven’t received a penny […]

    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 […]

    New Year’s Resolutions for Public Education

    Can anyone think of New Year’s Resolutions for public education? Focusing on middle and high school troubles, here are a few I’ve rattled off the top of my head: 1. Put the interests of students before the interests of adults. 2. Focus on academics. 3. Focus on classroom management and discipline. 4. Have high expectations. […]

    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 […]