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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?

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    Oakland Unified Wants to Close the American Indian Model Schools

    The Oakland Unified School District Board recently voted 4-3 to shut down all three American Indian Model schools. Why? Because of unfounded allegations against Dr. Ben Chavis. OUSD alleges that Chavis misappropriated about $3.4 million in public funding in rent, construction, and other fees. First of all, it is not illegal to lease facilities to […]

    Racist? What?

    Dr. Chavis’s recent Stossel appearance has created some buzz, including misguided allegations of racism from so-called progressive websites, like Media Matters. I wish people would take a look at the big picture rather than generalizing from a soundbite. Does it make sense that an educator (himself a minority) would devote time and money to educating […]

    Ben Chavis and AIPCS students on Stupid In America

    Dr. Ben Chavis and current students at American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland were interviewed as positive examples of academic achievement for the follow-up version of Stupid in America with John Stossel on Fox News. The first link below features Ben and the students. Click the other links to enjoy seeing Stossel make mental […]

    Follow AIPCS graduates on Fox, Saturday at 10 PM

    Saturday, September 17th at 10PM EST on Fox News Channel: There will be a new Stupid in America special program. Rumor has it that former American Indian Public Charter School students will be interviewed. Read John Stossel’s blog on the subject.

    How is technology affecting children’s concentration, empathy, impulse control?

    A new article from The New York Times provides insight into how technology affects the brains and lifestyles of children and adults. Impulse control, concentration, empathy, immersion in an activity, true social skills–many of these important traits are being lost in the din of email alerts, Facebook updates, compulsive email checking, and so-called multitasking, which […]

    A Right Denied

    Whitney Tilson, an influential and passionate education reformer, has recently released a documentary called A Right Denied: The Critical Need for Genuine School Reform. I haven’t seen it; has anyone reading this viewed it? What did you think of it? I love the cover image (shown below and followed by the copy from the back […]

    Jay Mathews’ Touching Tribute to Jaime Escalante

    Jaime Escalante, the inspiration behind the movie Stand and Deliver, passed away this week at the age of 79 after a battle with cancer. Jay Mathews provides a touching tribute to Jaime Escalante’s education legacy in the following article: Jaime Escalante didn’t just stand and deliver. He changed U.S. schools forever. By Jay Mathews Sunday, […]

    Jaime Escalante, the inspiration for “Stand and Deliver,” battles cancer and has run out of money for his treatments

    I was sad to read this news in an email from education reformer Whitney Tilson. Below is the text from Tilson’s email. Information on donations is also below: KTLA News, 2:17 PM PST, March 1, 2010 Jaime Escalante LOS ANGELES — Jaime Escalante, the Los Angeles math teacher whose inspirational career was made famous in […]

    Poverty is no excuse

    Regent Angus Davis, who helped to recruit State Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist from Washington, D.C., came to Gist’s defense among the heat she and Frances Gallo were taking for their decision to fire all the staff at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island. (See my earlier post for the full story.) Davis’s words […]