Michelle Rhee has become a sort a mentor through my reading of her adventure within the DCPS, her tough minded spirit and unbroken commitment to 'students first' is something that I will take with me on my education journey.
Luckily for me, Half Price Books was having their 20% off last week while I was getting Dunn Bros and I was lured in to the endless stacks of reading material. I alway peruse the Education section and 'The Bee Eater' ended up in my haul and was then the first book I attacked with my decoding skills. Three days and I was done with 270 pages of inside scoop about what really happened in the DC Public School systems while Michelle Rhee was chancellor and every word was delicious. I learned about date systems, curriculum, more about tenure and teachers unions. I learned more about the kind of teacher I want to be, a kind with SNAP! And more than anything I really dove into a modern epic about how our public education systems work and don't work. The battle behind school reform is a long and detailed story that needs to continuously be explored and progress with new chapters hopefully chronicling more success. I am early in my career but this book will forever be cherished as one of the first piece of literature that I choose to read outside of class in order to better myself as I plan towards becoming an active part of this field.
I forgive the author's bias and I give this book a 4 out of 5, the reporting is great and I understand the constraints that were being worked under but I think Whitmire could have painted with a little finer detail in regards to Michelle Rhee the human. Whitmire also gets my kudos for teaching me some new words!!
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