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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?

    Tag: American Indian Public Charter School

    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 […]

    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.

    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 […]

    Recent Book Reviews

    Andrew J. Coulson, director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, published a review of Crazy Like a Fox: One Principal’s Triumph in the Inner City in City Journal, which is published by the Manhattan Institute. The review is titled: “Tough Love: How Ben Chavis works education wonders”. Here are some excerpts: “Once, as […]

    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 […]

    Included in Education World’s “Best of 2009″

    Education World just did a School Issues “Best of 2009″, which featured “Principal’s Tough Stand Turns School Around” about Dr. Chavis and American Indian Public Charter School. They posted an interview with Dr. Ben Chavis about his experiences in turning around AIPCS and his educational beliefs. They also included book images of Crazy Like a […]

    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 […]