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When Michelle Rhee first arrived in Washington, she found a school district that had been so dysfunctional for so long that many had given up, choosing to blame race and poverty rather than poor instruction. There was no one being held accountable. The district central office had become an adult employment center, a place to deposit job seekers. Rhee was convinced that Washington's inner city students could achieve, but considerable obstacles stood in the way — obstacles that needed removing.
Guided by the principles of outstanding leadership, strict accountability, and the power of effective teaching, Rhee was determined to turn around the Washington, D.C. schools. Her encounters with community politics and long-simmering racial tensions, and her battles with central office bureaucrats and teachers' unions, were so extraordinary that her efforts were featured in Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and a lengthy PBS series.
The Bee Eater holds the promise of educational excellence for today's students and for tomorrow's school reformers.
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 9 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 10 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 10 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 12 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 17 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 18 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 19 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 20 months ago by Mom of One
The book successfully covers how Washington, D.C.'s Chancellor of public schools, Michelle Rhee, rose through the educational ranks to take on the country's worst urban school... Read morePublished 20 months ago by David Charles Penque