Is this putting students first? Michelle Rhee’s new memoir is set to go on sale Tuesday and she is already trying to hawk it, using the website of her school reform organization, StudentsFirst, to attract buyers. The site has a free excerpt, which I found out about when I received the letter below from Rhee.
Here’s the letter I (and no doubt many others) received from Rhee selling her book:
Dear Valerie —
When I first started out in education, I had no idea just how challenging — and how rewarding — my path would be.
The road from a second-grade classroom at an inner-city Baltimore school to founding The New Teacher Project and running D.C.’s public schools was anything but easy. I saw first-hand how we fall behind on critical issues in public education: why income and achievement are so closely linked; why teachers who excel aren’t recognized appropriately; and why education isn’t at the forefront of every lawmaker’s agenda.
In many ways, my early teaching years and the journey we’ve taken at StudentsFirst over the past two years are very similar. Both experiences have taught me so much about the power that teachers, parents, and administrators have to make a difference in the lives of students and have made me acutely aware of what aspects of public education still need improvement.
As we continue the StudentsFirst fight in 2013, I’m proud to share with you an excerpt from my upcoming book, “Radical”, which tells the story of my journey so far and highlights the role we have yet to play.
We’ve all come to the education reform discussion in different ways — from the parents who stood together to give their kids a voice, to the principal who understands change must happen one student at a time.
Learn how I became a reformer. Read and share an excerpt from “Radical”:
Thank you for being in this fight with me,
Founder and CEO, StudentsFirst