By Carey Blakely
The inspiring precise tale of "one of the country's best educators" (National Review) and the varsity he replaced ceaselessly.
below the management of hugely unorthodox valuable Dr. Ben Chavis, Oakland's American Indian Public constitution college was once hailed as an "education miracle" via governor Arnold Schwarzenegger after it used to be reworked from a failing "nuisance" into the most effective public heart faculties within the kingdom.
this can be the tale of that transformation and of a guy who dared to be diverse. together with his rigorous, no-nonsense method, Dr. Chavis debunks the parable that negative, minority, inner-city colleges have little probability at educational excellence. concentrating on back-tobasics beliefs, he has created a dependent academic version that, mixed with the keenness of his scholars and lecturers, can provide mind-blowing effects.
In Crazy Like a Fox, Dr. Chavis recounts how he did it-in his personal phrases and during the tales of the extreme teenagers he is helped.
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