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Crazy Like a Fox: One Principal's Triumph in the Inner City

Dr. Ben Chavis

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ISBN 10: 0451228693 / ISBN 13: 9780451228697
Published by Berkley, 2010
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Title: Crazy Like a Fox: One Principal's Triumph in...

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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The inspiring true story of -one of the country's finest educators- (National Review) and the school he changed forever.
Under the leadership of highly unorthodox principal Dr. Ben Chavis, Oakland's American Indian Public Charter School was hailed as an -education miracle- by governor Arnold Schwarzenegger after it was transformed from a failing -nuisance- into one of the best public middle schools in the nation.
This is the story of that transformation and of a man who dared to be different. With his rigorous, no-nonsense approach, Dr. Chavis debunks the myth that poor, minority, inner-city schools have little chance at academic excellence. Focusing on back-tobasics ideals, he has created a structured educational model that, combined with the enthusiasm of his students and teachers, delivers astounding results.
In Crazy Like a Fox, Dr. Chavis recounts how he did it-in his own words and through the stories of the extraordinary young people he's helped.

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"[Chavis] has many of the habits of some of the best educators I know - a wicked sense of humor, a weakness for shocking the conventionally wise, and a deep love of children, particularly those who have had difficult lives."
-Jay Mathews, The Washington Post
"Ben Chavis inspires us....His impact will ripple far beyond those who were fortunate enough to be among his students."
-Michelle D. Bernard, President and CEO, Independent Women's Forum and MSNBC Political Analyst
"Chavis's book succeeds in what it sets out to do: tell the story of how a 'country Indian' from the wrong side of the river grew into a fiercely determined educational leader, and how he turned a failing school into a model of excellence for the nation....Ben Chavis himself is one of a kind - passionate, intense, and brutally honest. Like a character in a high-concept Hollywood film, he unabashedly tells whomever he's speaking with exactly what's on his mind....Chavis is a cross between Socrates and Dirty Harry."
-Andrew J. Coulson, City Journal

-[Chavis] has many of the habits of some of the best educators I know - a wicked sense of humor, a weakness for shocking the conventionally wise, and a deep love of children, particularly those who have had difficult lives.-
-Jay Mathews, The Washington Post
-Ben Chavis inspires us....His impact will ripple far beyond those who were fortunate enough to be among his students.-
-Michelle D. Bernard, President and CEO, Independent Women's Forum and MSNBC Political Analyst
-Chavis's book succeeds in what it sets out to do: tell the story of how a 'country Indian' from the wrong side of the river grew into a fiercely determined educational leader, and how he turned a failing school into a model of excellence for the nation....Ben Chavis himself is one of a kind - passionate, intense, and brutally honest. Like a character in a high-concept Hollywood film, he unabashedly tells whomever he's speaking with exactly what's on his mind....Chavis is a cross between Socrates and Dirty Harry.-
-Andrew J. Coulson, City Journal

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