Radical: Fighting to Put Students First

Radical: Fighting to Put Students First

by Michelle Rhee
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful woman with responsible views and a can-do attitude. We have to stop with the scarcity mentality endorsed by unions and the incompetents that they are protecting. Unions do have some valid perspectives on issues, but Michelle really knows how to attain results. Five stars!
WJK1 More than 1 year ago
Radical is an eye-catching title, but is the book’s content radical? I don’t think so. There are more immediate crises in American society such as the fiscal cliff and gun-violence, etc. that capture the headlines. It should be self-evident that the most important issue, short-term and long-term, is how to improve our educational system and the competency of our future generation. Unfortunately, the future of our country has taken a backseat, and so it has become a “radical” topic. Michelle has been an out-spoken educator/administrator and summarizes her personal background, experiences as an administrator of a poorly functioning school system, and her recommendations on how to improve our nation’s education, with a focus on the primary and secondary educational system. Her strong views on outcome/evidence based education and anti-union attitude invite understandable critiques. This is demonstrated by the personal attacks from a certain group of teachers as evidenced by the many negative reviews of the book that neglect to logically discuss the book’s contents. What’s missing is the debate on how to improve our educational system. Her upbringing by immigrant parents who instilled moral values and her career choice even influenced by an aging grandmother are hardly a radical story and should be a sound foundation for education of children. Honoring teachers; listening to students; empowering parents; and challenging politicians are hardly radical concepts either. As a university professor, I often lament the poor writing ability of young Ph.D. and M.D. students. It is often far worse than my secretary’s writing - who only has a high school diploma, but was educated 4 decades ago. What went wrong in our education system during that time? Isn’t it time we look at the most important issue facing our society in a serious way? If we educate children in a competent manner academically, socially, and personally, perhaps we do not have to worry about the fiscal cliff or gun violence in the future. Nations with a healthy, competitive education system (it is disgusting to hear names of those nations again and again) do not have crises such as ours. Michelle is a passionate advocate for educational reform and has lead a spirited argument against the status-quo. The book provides a healthy forum for such a debate not on her concept or vision but how to operationalize it. WJK1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More. Power to her for taking a srand against the powerful teachers unions that do not have our kids best interests at heart. Get rid of the common core and no child left behind federal boondoggles and reward the good teachers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the adults firget that the ones getting the service are the children.
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Michelle Rhee should not speak of education at all...seeing as she is a Failed teacher and just ask her about the Duct Tape incident in her own classroom. Basing any policy having to do with education on anything she has written or stands for is irresponsible. Do not waste your money on this rubbish. Same old story more dollars than Sense!