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.
These actions may have been the outcome of her reforms, but are not the most important part.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the future of our country which depends on our having an educated electorate.
Although this book is not easy to speed-read, it is very well written and worth the time and effort to read it from cover to cover.
Ridiculous no content will never buy this kind of publication again wish I knew what I was buying in advance but one never does.Published 16 days ago by Aviv Vida
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 5 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 15 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 16 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 16 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 18 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 23 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 on April 18, 2013 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 on March 13, 2013 by Derek Fulk