Radical

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.90 hours)
Product Number: Z100042115
Released: Feb 05, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062239549
Narrator/s: Shannon McManus
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Description

The United States is known as a world leader in innovation, boasting brilliant thinkers and trendsetting companies, but that status is at grave risk. American children are well outside the top-ten international student rankings in reading, science, and math; those rankings-not to mention the nation's position of leadership on everything from the economy to the military to issues of moral authority-will continue to plummet unless we take dramatic action. Michelle Rhee, a driving force behind American education reform, is ready to make a change. In Radical, this fearless and pioneering advocate draws on her own life story and delivers her plan for better American schools. Rhee's goal is to ensure that laws, leaders, and policies are making students-not adults-our top priority, and she outlines concrete steps that will put us on a dramatically different course. Informing her critique are her extraordinary experiences in education: her years of teaching in inner-city Baltimore; her turbulent tenure as chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools; and her current role as an education activist. Rhee draws on dozens of compelling examples-from schools she's worked in and studied; from students who've left behind unspeakable home lives and thrived in the classroom; from teachers whose groundbreaking methods have produced unprecedented leaps in student achievement. The book chronicles Rhee's awakening to the potential of every child blessed with a great teacher, her rage at realizing that adults with special interests are blocking badly needed change, and her recognition that it will take a grassroots movement to break through the barriers to outstanding public schools. An incisive and intensely personal call to arms, Michelle Rhee's Radical is required reading for anyone who seeks a guide not only to the improvement of our schools but also to a brighter future for America's children.

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Author(s): Michelle Rhee
Original Publish Date: Feb 05, 2013

Professional reviews

"The author, the former chancellor of schools in Washington, DC, and the current CEO of StudentsFirst, is a controversial figure in the American educational reform movement because of her focus on using test scores to measure success and limiting the power of teachers' unions. Narrator Shannon McManus has a lively, animated voice that gives the memoir an energetic lift as Rhee's outlines experiences as an educator and how they shaped her educational philosophy. McManus sounds interested in the subject, and her pacing moves the events along without overwhelming listeners with the facts or figures. She changes her voice slightly to denote different speakers, though she stays away from overt characters. There are times when she reads a little fast, but she's always clear and easy to follow. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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