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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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People are Talking About Stand for the Best

"There couldn't be a more compelling story at a more critical time. Our schools need us; our young people need us. Tom Bloch boldly moved from success to significance. He became a teacher and in turn teaches us all the power and rewards of service."
—Marguerite W. Kondracke, president and CEO,America's Promise Alliance

"This is the story of an American hero, a modest and good-humored man who is bringing hope to children most in need. ...

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Overview

People are Talking About Stand for the Best

"There couldn't be a more compelling story at a more critical time. Our schools need us; our young people need us. Tom Bloch boldly moved from success to significance. He became a teacher and in turn teaches us all the power and rewards of service."
—Marguerite W. Kondracke, president and CEO,America's Promise Alliance

"This is the story of an American hero, a modest and good-humored man who is bringing hope to children most in need. Everyone who cares about the children of America should read this book."
—Benno C. Schmidt, Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees,City University of New York; former president, Yale University

"Stand for the Best should be read by any educator who wants to make a memorable difference in the dreams, character, and lives of young people . . . It should also be read by any person, whatever their calling, who wants to leave a lasting legacy for good. I loved this book."
—Tom Lickona, co-author, Smart & Good High Schools;director, Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, State University ofNew York at Cortland

"Tom Bloch's transition from CEO of H&R Block to inner-city math teacher is . . . a selfless portrait in educational leadership."
—John Baugh, Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts and Sciences; director, African and African American Studies,Washington University in St. Louis

"Thomas Bloch is one of those rare people who 'walk the walk' and put their ethics into practice."
—LouAnne Johnson, author, Dangerous Minds, The Queen of Education, and Teaching Outside the Box

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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 a middle school math teacher and president of the board at University Academy, has been involved in a variety of education initiatives since he changed careers. He and his wife, Mary, founded the Youth Service Alliance of Greater Kansas City to encourage and recognize outstanding community service through school-based programs. He is also a founding board member of the Kansas City Foundation for Higher Education, a trustee of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, President of the Endowment Fund for the Henry W. Bloch School of Business at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and chairman of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. He returned to H&R Block in 2000-as a member of the board of directors.

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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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