Crazy Like a Fox by Dr. Ben Chavis
One Principal's Triumph in the Inner City

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The inspiring true story of "one of the country's finest educators" (National Review) and the school he changed forever.

Under the leadership of highly unorthodox principal Dr. Ben Chavis, Oakland's American Indian Public Charter School was hailed as an "education miracle" by governor Arnold Schwarzenegger after it was transformed from a failing "nuisance" into one of the best public middle schools in the nation.

This is the story of that transformation and of a man who dared to be different. With his rigorous, no-nonsense approach, Dr. Chavis debunks the myth that poor, minority, inner-city schools have little chance at academic excellence. Focusing on back-tobasics ideals, he has created a structured educational model that, combined with the enthusiasm of his students and teachers, delivers astounding results.

In Crazy Like a Fox, Dr. Chavis recounts how he did it-in his own words and through the stories of the extraordinary young people he's helped.


About Dr. Ben Chavis

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Dr. Ben Chavis is “administrator emeritus” of the American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland, California. Carey Blakely grew up in Massachusetts and California and majored in English at UC Berkeley.
Published September 7, 2010 by NAL. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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