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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: Dr. Ben Chavis

    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 […]

    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 […]

    Video Footage of Ben Chavis on Stossel

    If you missed Ben on “Stossel” last week or just want to watch it again, here are a couple of links to segments of the show that I found on YouTube: Ben with John Stossel & Andrew Coulson of the Cato Institute Ben and Coulson debate a NYC school board member

    Ben on MSNBC Sunday, Sept. 26

    Dr. Ben Chavis will appear on MSNBC Sunday, September 26, during the 11:30 AM EST news block! Tune in! His interview will be part of MSNBC’s Education Nation, a special about improving the American education system. Hopefully this time around, MSNBC won’t misidentify him as the black Ben Chavis who once ran the NAACP! MSNBC […]

    The Paperback Is Out!

    The paperback version of Crazy Like a Fox: One Principal’s Triumph in the Inner City is now available! The hardcover was released about a year ago from today. Both the hardcover and paperback versions of Crazy Like a Fox are published by a division of Penguin Group (USA) called New American Library. The paperback features […]

    Recent Book Reviews

    Andrew J. Coulson, director of the Cato Institute‚Äôs 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 […]

    Competition in the Classroom

    I recently read a piece from the fall 2009 edition of Education Next called “Reward Less, Get Less: Student performance gaps are easily explained.” The article came to my attention because it mentions Dr. Chavis in light of the documentary film he was in called Flunked. Flunked looks at what’s dragging down American public schools […]

    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 […]