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“Work Hard. Be Nice.” Part 2.

Thursday, January 29, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The transcript of Thursday’s interview with Jay Mathews is here. The podcast will be posted here later.

The reactions to the interview were overwhelmingly positive, because Jay is as good an interview as he is a writer, and because Americans are starved to hear good news about public education. “Work Hard. Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created The Most Promising Schools In America” will soar on bestseller lists if the people who order up book reviews for various outlets and the people who write them have any sense at all.

Hope that someone gives a copy to President Obama. Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America

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“Work Hard. Be Nice.” The Best Book On Teaching In America

Thursday, January 29, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Jay Mathews is the education writer for the Washington Post, and an acquaintance and guest many times over the years. In the closing chapter of his captivating new book “Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America,” Mathews writes: “It has been my mission since [becoming an ed reporter] to find the schools and teachers who have done the most to overcome poverty, apathy, and racial and class bias and raise their students to new heights of achievement.” The new book continues that mission by telling the stories of Dave Levin and Mike Feinberg and the KIPP schools they created, which now number 66 across 19 states and the District of Columbia. Mathews has covered education for two decades, read all the books, visited all the innovative programs, attended all the debates. This is a book he clearly intends will convey the message that after all that time and effort, KIPP is the best model for inner city public education now available.

I will spend an hour with Jay on today’s show, but cannot hope to do more than hint at the compelling story of KIPP’s launch and growth. If you care about public education in America, especially about its future in the urban core of the country’s biggest cities, you really have to read this book.

Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America

Evangelicals In The Age Of Obama

Thursday, January 29, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Internet Monk and Article VI Blog are discussing, and the latter is reflecting on my interview with Biola University theologian J.P. Moreland from Monday.

As I noted on Monday’s broadcast, I am going to be devoting a series of interviews to the repair of the Evangelical project in politics, and am finishing up a book on the subject. The worries and cautions expressed by iMonk and John S. are necessary reminders that effective renewal of Evangelical participation in politics isn’t guaranteed, but neither is the ruin of the effort. That the effort cannot be abandoned is certain, for reasons discussed here by Princeton Professor Robert George, and briefly touched on in my Los Angeles Times’ exchange with Susan Estrich yesterday.

Evangelicals don’t have a biblical option for avoiding the world in which they live, the suffering which they can alleviate and the lives they can save and help repair through politics.

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