Stand for the Best: What I Learned after Leaving My Job as CEO of H and R Block to Become a Teacher and Founder of an Inner-City Charter School

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Stand for the Best

"In early 1995, quite deliberately, I stepped down as CEO ofH&R Block, where I was making nearly a million dollars a year.I had decided on a higher calling: teaching math to inner-citykids. This is the story of how that decision changed my life andthe lives of kids I tried to help."—From the Introduction

Tom Bloch was the successful CEO of H&R Block, thegroundbreaking tax organization. The son of the company's founder,he was a happily married ...

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Overview

Stand for the Best

"In early 1995, quite deliberately, I stepped down as CEO ofH&R Block, where I was making nearly a million dollars a year.I had decided on a higher calling: teaching math to inner-citykids. This is the story of how that decision changed my life andthe lives of kids I tried to help."—From the Introduction

Tom Bloch was the successful CEO of H&R Block, thegroundbreaking tax organization. The son of the company's founder,he was a happily married 41-year-old executive, but something wasmissing from his life.'After a nineteen-year career at the company,Bloch resigned his position to become a math teacher in animpoverished inner-city section of Kansas City.?Stand for the Bestfollows Bloch's struggles to make a difference for his marginalizedstudents and how he eventually co-founded a successful charterschool, University Academy.

But Stand for the Best is more than a memoir of one man'sjourney; the book also includes lessons learned from Bloch'sexperience, winning strategies from teachers he has known, valuableapproaches for educating students no matter what theircircumstances, and a unique model of education for teachers workingwith inner-city students. Most of all, it shows what can beaccomplished when teachers, students, and the community all standfor the best.

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"The lessons from Mr. Bloch's journey — on the importance of courage, risk-taking, passion and service in our lives — are valuable to us all as citizens, leaders, social-change agents and human beings." (The Washington Times, October 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470188965
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: The Jossey-Bass Education Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas M. Bloch, former CEO of H&R Block and currently amiddle school math teacher and president of the board at UniversityAcademy, has been involved in a variety of education initiativessince he changed careers. He and his wife, Mary, founded the YouthService Alliance of Greater Kansas City to encourage and recognizeoutstanding community service through school-based programs. He isalso a founding board member of the Kansas City Foundation forHigher Education, a trustee of the University of Missouri at KansasCity, President of the Endowment Fund for the Henry W. Bloch Schoolof Business at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, andchairman of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Hereturned to H&R Block in 2000-as a member of the board ofdirectors.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1 Off the Block.

2 Back to School.

3 Into the Trenches.

4 On the Learning Curve.

5 A Question of Character.

6 A New Kind of Urban School.

7 Great Expectations.

8 Making the Grade.

9 Moving the School.

10 Real Heroes.

11 A Duty to Dream.

12 Th e Next Urban Teacher.

13 A Calling.

14 Midterm Exam.

Epilogue.

Appendix.

Notes.

Selected Web Sites.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    compelling and inspiring

    amazing story. In today's society, when money and power are considered the ultimate goal, it is refreshing to read about a guy who just wants to do good. Bloch imparts lessons he has learned in the classroom and in life, which are fascinating and insightful. Whether you're thinking about a career change in general or becoming a teacher, this book is for you. well-written and enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    Worth the hardback price

    Tom Bloch's story is both charming and thought-provoking. He is brave enough to admit to many private feelings -- and a few failures. But this book is more than just funny stories about his students who snack all through class on hot chips and pickles and whose family stories are painfully poignant. It is a careful consideration of the huge challenges before teachers who work in urban schools and what changes our country needs to make to create real educational equality. Bloch also thinks out loud carefully with gentle humor about what makes a meaningful life. Worth the time and investment to read.

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