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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
The book is detailed, fascinating--and often, very funny.
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.
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 2 months ago by lindaolson
The material was dated, and the book felt like a promotional piece of the for profit education industry. Read morePublished 3 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 4 months ago by acharnew
Wow. Egocentric people. There are a lot of truly inspirational stories of people who actually care about their students. Read morePublished 4 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 6 months ago by HeySammy
The book was required for a class and I found that it was not only useful in the class but was applicable in my own classroomPublished 6 months ago by cab4328
in fact i did not finish the book. Since it only adesses one part of the schooling - work hard and you will pass all exams. But where did the individuality go? Read morePublished 8 months ago by dominika
The performance reviews of KIPP schools seem to be mixed, but their founders have a flagrantly biased account in this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bill Jones
First., I want to say I am not in the field of education. I got the book just based on the title. It is a winner. Read morePublished 10 months ago by exHawaiian