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When Michelle Rhee first arrived in Washington, she found aschool district that had been so dysfunctional for so long thatmany had given up, choosing to blame race and poverty rather thanpoor instruction. There was no one being held accountable. Thedistrict central office had become an adult employment center, aplace to deposit job seekers. Rhee was convinced that Washington'sinner city students could achieve, but considerable obstacles stoodin the way — obstacles that needed removing.
Guided by the principles of outstanding leadership, strictaccountability, and the power of effective teaching, Rhee wasdetermined to turn around the Washington, D.C. schools. Herencounters with community politics and long-simmering racialtensions, and her battles with central office bureaucrats andteachers' unions, were so extraordinary that her efforts werefeatured in Time, Newsweek, The Wall StreetJournal, and a lengthy PBS series.
The Bee Eater holds the promise of educational excellencefor today's students and for tomorrow's school reformers.
This friendly but non-authorized biography tells the by turns inspiring then infuriating tale of how Michelle Rhee became the sort of person willing to fight tooth and nail to give... Read morePublished 2 months ago by fredtownward
I really enjoyed this book and was inspired by Michelle's determination even when it was difficult. Michelle certainly cares about education and about education for those in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jonanne Manogue
We know that Michelle Rhee has been a liar from her first days in the education business, and Whitmire claims to be her personal friend, but never calls her to account for her... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Inky Winkings
Have read about Michelle Rhee and the work she did in D.C. It's too bad, more teachers and administrators don't pick up where she left off. Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Tate
Did not just extoll the vision of Michelle Rhee but gave an accurate picture of the political cost of educational reform in this country. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bradley J Williams
Rhee impulsively ate a bee in front of her 2nd Grade class her first year in Teach for America (TFA). That is something to celebrate? Read morePublished 20 months ago by Anon
The subject matter is great. The story is great. It could have been told in far less pages. Worth reading, however, if you want to read about the real world of schools.Published 21 months ago by Tom Finan
Got a little flat at the end, but overall very interesting back story. I enjoyed reading about her roots and how she became motivated.Published 22 months ago by Derek Fulk
My review...not the book. I don't like Michelle Rhee. Let's just put it out there. I found the book, accurate or inaccurate, intriguing and 'educational' (hint of sarcasm). Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mom of One