This engaging, jargon-free primer will be helpful to founders of charter schools, as well as principals of traditional public schools poised to upset the status quo.
Joan Frawley Desmond --The Weekly Standard - December 6, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 12
Samuel Casey Carter is the Tom Paine of the movement to raise achievement in low-income neighborhoods. All kids should be able to learn just as much as kids from affluent suburban homes.
Jay Mathews --The Washington Post - Class Struggle - 11/24/2010"This book reminds us that there is more to education than preparing students for high-stakes tests. It is our responsibility to be 'intentional' with the development of the whole child."
(Irwin Kurz, Former Director of School Quality 2010-05-27)"At the heart of this intriguing volume are well written profiles of twelve different schools that are quite proactively shaping their cultures to educate both the minds and hearts of their students."
(Mary Beth Klee, Educational Consultant in History and Character Education 2010-06-17)"This volume reinforces the need to address character development in children throughout their days in school."
(Steven Miletto, Principal 2010-05-27)"This wonderful book shares a broad range of school successes that are evident, easy to report on, and site-specific."
(William H. Wibel, Educational Consultant 2010-06-17)"Samuel Casey Carter shows how great cultures—not big bucks, smaller class sizes, different curriculums, or better buildings—are what we need to save our education system."
(Jay Mathews, Columnist and Author 2010-08-30)
About the Author
Samuel Casey Carter wrote On Purpose as senior fellow at The Center for Education Reform. Today, he is Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Social Responsibility for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a leading global education company committed to addressing education's dynamic challenges through individualized content, innovative technology and a holistic approach that inspires achievement and a lifelong love of learning. He is also Executive Director of the HMH Foundation.
Previously, Carter was president of CfBT USA, the United States charity affiliated with CfBT Education Trust headquartered in the United Kingdom, and president of National Heritage Academies, a charter school management company that operates more than sixty public charter schools in eight states, where he oversaw corporate strategy and the implementation of the company’s educational operations.
Carter is also the author of No Excuses: Lessons From 21 High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools, a book on the effective practices of high-performing schools that refuse to make poverty an excuse for academic failure. In addition to No Excuses, Carter has edited three other books including Mary Beth Klee’s Core Virtues, a literature-based character education program for parents and teachers of elementary school students. His articles, essays, and columns have appeared in more than 180 newspapers and magazines, including, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, New York Post, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, Investor's Business Daily, and Detroit News.
After receiving a bachelor degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis in philosophy and mathematics, Carter studied theology at Oxford University and philosophy at The Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, D. C.