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I’ve just finished reading an amazing book by Diane Ravitch called The Death and Life of the Great American School System.  She is one of my heroes so I even wrote her a fan-letter, which she posted on her personal website.  Most of the people who read my blog are current corps members so I…

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Feb 14 2011

Post Alumni Summit Thoughts

A few posts ago, I expressed some of my anxiety about the 20th anniversary summit.  I’m not a charter corps and I didn’t start a charter school.  I guess my claim to fame is that I got two books published, but that hasn’t been enough to get me on the TFA A-list, though I’m friendly…

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Feb 09 2011

A Chance To Make History — my review Part III

I’m going to summarize and then finish this review in this post, I hope. Here’s what we’ve learned in the first two parts of the review: Chapter 1:  TFA has produced some transformational teachers who have managed to succeed despite being in schools run by poor leaders. Chapter 2:  Some of those teachers have become…

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Feb 08 2011

A Chance To Make History — my review Part II

Chapter 4 is the one where Wendy pulls no punches and says exactly what’s on her mind.  This is the ‘controversial’ chapter where Wendy surprises everyone, even her critics. I, myself, was very surprised about something that I’ll explain in a bit, but let me first lead up to it.  In the intro to the…

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Feb 07 2011

A Chance To Make History — my review Part I

About a year ago TFA came out with the ‘Teaching As Leadership’ book, which I thought was horrible and wrote a scathing nine part critique.  This new book, you’ll all be happy to know, is actually pretty good, though not great. I do admire Wendy Kopp.  She really cares about the cause and she is…

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Feb 02 2011

Mixed feelings about the upcoming summit

I have an unusual relationship with TFA.  To me, TFA is like an ex-boyfriend who dumped me after a five year relationship from 1991 to 1996, just as things were about to get serious.  Now after the dumping back in 1996 it took me a long time to put it all behind me.  I tried…

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