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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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    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 […]