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"Mathews does a smart, respectable job here. Frankly elucidating the major struggles and roadblocks inherent in attempting to reform how underprivileged children are taught, he nonetheless leaves readers convinced of the truth in Levin’s idealistic statement on his Teach for America application: “an educator could change lives.” A grand example of humanitarianism in the classroom: Naysayers who believe there’s no hope for America’s inner-city schools haven’t met Feinberg and Levin."--Kirkus
“A vivid account of two young men who transform themselves from ‘terrible’ first-year teachers into visionaries.”–USA Today
"A lively account of the way two young guys with more passion than knowledge overcame bureaucratic and financial barriers, garnered knowledge from experienced teachers, and made those ideas and techniques core KIPP ideas. Mathews makes his book as entertaining as any novel by weaving personal and professional stories and by surrounding his two stars with interesting characters." —World magazine
Hopefully, that situation will change one day.
The book tells the story of two young teachers who set out to develop a teaching program designed to lift up lower income and minority public school students.
Not to say that Jay was being intentionally dishonest, but I really don't think that he takes into consideration what is at the heart of the KIPP method.
I'm really disappointed in the author(s) of this book. It is hardly a writing accomplishment. Once you get passed the use of profanity you might find ideas and concepts born from... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Cindy C.
The book is very readable and anyone interested in the history of education in the US should read it. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Michael Mackenna
what began as something hopeful was hijacked and commoditized by TFA and the charter school "reform" movement.Published 1 month ago by Liznola
I absolutely loved and highly recommend. I let several fellow teachers read and have an inspiration to open a charter school one day!Published 1 month ago by Ashley Ditcharo
Great book! As a teacher, I loved hearing how others operate in the classroom. Gave me some tips, even after many years of teaching. Read morePublished 7 months ago by lindaolson
The material was dated, and the book felt like a promotional piece of the for profit education industry. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kevin Roberts
This book is a must read for every single person who interacts frequently with children, whether they be parents, teachers, etc. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow. Egocentric people. There are a lot of truly inspirational stories of people who actually care about their students. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Customer
KIPP has made a positive impact in the lives of thousands of students, and their story should be told. That said, Matthews handling of this story is blatantly biased and sappy.Published 11 months ago by HeySammy