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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    If you liked the movie Lean on Me, you will definitely appreciat

    If you liked the movie Lean on Me, you will definitely appreciate reading this book! As a long time teacher and administrator for a low performing school district, I found Crazy Like a Fox to be entertaining, realistic, and educational.  Dr. Ben Chavis’ story of raising the bar and reframing several communities’ perspective on education in impoverished areas is incredibly inspiring. I really enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    A Page-Turning Read on Education In a world of mediocrity, this

    A Page-Turning Read on Education In a world of mediocrity, this guy
    Chavis swept into an inner city school like an avenging angel and shook
    the school and the entire system to its core. He has the guts to commit
    to his kids and well-performing teachers in order to reward both for
    jobs well done while flying in the face of the educational
    establishment. Some of the stories within are very funny, others
    uplifting and still others will make you see red with the way that most
    of our public schools are run. What's really clear here is the
    "revolutionary" idea that kids crave discipline, the basics
    and high expectations, which were once the tenets of our educational
    past. Through Chavis' sometimes hilarious and unorthodox methods, we see
    that accepting less from children in the lower echelons of society is
    the true bigotry. Blakely, the co-author, was the principal of the
    charter high school that they started to prevent their middle school
    kids from falling back into the swamp of the Oakland School District.
    You get a strong sense that she knew the inner workings of what she
    writes about and that she provides a balance to the sometimes mercurial
    Chavis. It isn't just one person's juggernaut that brings about results.
    I picked this book up off the coffee table of a friend of a friend and
    just leafed through it, but I became hooked enough to buy it the next
    day. Until then I really didn't think one way or another about our
    education system. But, as I read, I became both angry for what we accept
    today and yet hopeful that others will see the results from a system
    like the American Indian Public Charter School and push for similar
    methods in their school districts. If you are an educator, you'll want
    to read this book to demand no less from your students. If you are a
    parent, you will want to read this to demand no less of your educators,
    and if you are a taxpayer, you will want to read this to demand no less
    of our politicians.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    In a world of mediocrity, this guy Chavis swept into an inner ci

    In a world of mediocrity, this guy Chavis swept into an inner city
    school like an avenging angel and shook the school and the entire system
    to its core. He has the guts to commit to his kids and well-performing
    teachers in order to reward both for jobs well done while flying in the
    face of the educational establishment. Some of the stories within are
    very funny, others uplifting and still others will make you see red with
    the way that most of our public schools are run. What's really clear
    here is the "revolutionary" idea that kids crave discipline,
    the basics and high expectations, which were once the tenets of our
    educational past. Through Chavis' sometimes hilarious and unorthodox
    methods, we see that accepting less from children in the lower echelons
    of society is the true bigotry. Blakely, the co-author, was the
    principle of the charter high school that they started to prevent their
    middle school kids from falling back into the swamp of the Oakland
    School District. You get a strong sense that she knew the inner workings
    of what she writes about and that she provides a balance to the
    sometimes mercurial Chavis. It isn't just one person's juggernaut that
    brings about results. I picked this book up off the coffee table of a
    friend of a friend and just leafed through it, but I became hooked
    enough to buy it the next day. Until then I really didn't think one way
    or another about our education system. But, as I read, I became both
    angry for what we accept today and yet hopeful that others will see the
    results from a system like the American Indian Public Charter School and
    push for similar methods in their school districts. If you are an
    educator, you'll want to read this book to demand no less from your
    students. If you are a parent, you will want to read this to demand no
    less of your educators, and if you are a taxpayer, you will want to read
    this to demand no less of our politicians.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

    A GREAT book on Leadership and inspiration

    This book is about leadership as well as how to turn around a failing school. The stories Dr. Chavis tells are good natured and fun with inspiration and perserverance weaved in. I found the book gives the reader experiences that can be used for their own personal growth as well as strategies for leading others.
    The humor keeps the reader engaged and will have them contemplating their own life stories on how success is achieved.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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