Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America

Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America

by Jay Mathews
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Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America [With Headphones] 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
UF_Gator More than 1 year ago
This book fully debunks the myth that children from low-income families or inner-cities can't succeed in school. Yes, schools that serve these children have more difficulty achieving the standards and performance of schools in wealthier areas, but after reading this book you will amazed at what a school filled with teachers focused on improving educational outcomes for children can achieve. While reading, pay attention to the emphasis on constant improvement. The question asked is always, "Is what we're doing improving educational outcomes for students?" If it's not, can it and trying something else. This level of professionalism and hard work reminds me of the way the top and most prestigious corporations run: how can the corporation create value for its customers. It's this similar emphasis to constant improvement that distinguishes the KIPP schools described in this book from the bureaucratic and languid public school system. A system that ultimately fails, on the whole, to educate the least privileged among us. From start to finish, an engrossing read--particularly if you are interested in education and the future of this country.
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I thought this book was great; It's wonderful to hear about the good things that are happening in education out there, when we hear so much negative in the news. I love hearing about teachers who are working so hard for our kids and not giving up on them.
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