“Robert Pondiscio is one of our nation’s most astute observers of K-12 education. In this engaging, wise, and enormously well reported book, he trains his penetrating eye on Success Academy, the highest performing charter network in America. Having spent a year at one of the schools, he methodically unpacks the ‘magic’ that makes Success so successful, while not shying away from legitimate criticism. The result is both compelling and illuminating.”—Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education; author of Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools
“Engrossing, challenging, and wise, this book will change how you think about schooling and poverty.”—Daniel T. Willingham, professor of psychology, University of Virginia; author of Why Don’t Students Like School?
“Do not miss this fusion of a masterful writer and one of the most interesting leaders in education today. Pondiscio observes, respects, and illuminates the real work that teachers, students and parents do every day.”—David Coleman, CEO of the College Board
“A moving and dramatic story and a minute-by-minute account of how a school actually lives. In a field dominated by dry-as-bones analyses, this is an up close look at education as lived by real, flesh and blood students, with names, written by a dedicated teacher. It is arresting, informative, and compelling. A school succeeds or fails by its ethos, and reading this book qualifies as an extended visit into the inner workings of that ethos in schools that are succeeding against the odds.”—William J. Bennett, former Secretary of Education; author of The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories