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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 'Public School Reform'

    4-Day School Week? You must be joking.

    Check out Ben Chavis on MSNBC debating the new policy some districts have adopted: a 4-day school week. How can less time in school be better for American students, who only spend 180 days in school as it is? What kind of impact would this have on working parents who then have to pay for […]

    Same Old Story For Rhode Island School

    Bent on change, last year the troubled Central Falls High School decided to fire all of its teachers who, backed by the union, were resisting implementing the reforms so desperately needed at the low-performing high school. It was a brazen, ballsy move that I admired. However, once the firing was no longer a threat but […]

    More Stats Point to the Same Truth

    I was recently contacted by a man named David Cary who described his education vision, NewERA. You can check out his ideas here: www.neweraschools.com I was struck by the statistics he cites below: • America is now 16th in the world academically  • One third of high school students drop out  • One half of […]

    AIPCS Vandalized During Oakland Teacher Strike

    Yesterday in Oakland during the one-day teacher strike sponsored by the teachers’ union (Oakland Education Association), a union member allegedly vandalized property at American Indian Public Charter School (the school where I used to teach for Dr. Ben Chavis and which formed the basis for Crazy Like a Fox). AIPCS is a non-unionized charter school […]

    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 […]

    Did Florida Miss an Opportunity for Reform?

    From The New York Times: Gov. Charlie Crist has been jawboned and buttonholed as he has traveled around the state in recent days, and his office was deluged with 120,000 messages. Passions have not run so high in Florida, the governor said, since the controversy over ending the life of Terri Schiavo in 2005. This […]

    “Why We Must Fire Bad Teachers”

    Below are some excerpts from a great article in Newsweek called “Why We Must Fire Bad Teachers.” (By Evan Thomas and Pat Wingert; http://www.newsweek.com/id/234590/page/1): …Yet in recent years researchers have discovered something that may seem obvious, but for many reasons was overlooked or denied. What really makes a difference, what matters more than the class […]

    U.S. Education Slipping Behind Other Nations

    Here’s a recent New York Times article that looks at how America’s education system is falling behind other nations. I put in bold type the statements I found particularly relevant. Common-sense education reform needs to happen, not just be given lip service and political nods. Think of how much better off our society would be […]

    Rhode Island rocks the boat and brings attention to education reform

    In a small, poor city in Rhode Island sits a low-performing high school with a graduation rate of 48% and a math proficiency rate of 7%. Within the same school sit teachers—many making over $72,000 a year—who do not want to take on reform responsibilities without significant pay increases. They have the union’s backing. Enter […]

    “The Dance of the Lemons” in Los Angeles Unified School District

    Warning: You may want to groan, throw up, or shout at your computer in disgust when you read this article about incompetent teachers and the back-room deals and special interests that keep them in the classroom in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). L.A. Weekly took the bull by the horns with the fiery expose, […]