For anyone who saw Waiting For 'Superman' and wants to know what life would be like for a school reformer fighting to give inner-city children their first-ever shot at a real education, this biography of Michelle Rhee is where you need to start. The movie made that fight look tough. The Bee Eater lays out just how tough that can be.

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...from former NYC schools chancellor Joel Klein

Rhee refused to accept a school system that excused its own failures by pretending poor, mostly minority kids couldn't be educated. Despite Rhee's successes, the defenders of the status quo fought back tenaciously. Whitmire captures this epic battle in a page-turning, must-read book about education, politics and the future of our nation.

 

About the Author, Richard Whitmire


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author-photoRichard Whitmire, a veteran newspaper reporter and former editorial writer at USA Today, is the author of Why Boys Fail and now, The Bee Eater, a biography of Michelle Rhee scheduled for publication in February, 2011 (Jossey-Bass).

Whitmire's commentaries appear frequently in publications including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Whitmire is the immediate past president of the National Education Writers Association.

Whitmire first became acquainted with Rhee through his role as president of the National Education Writers Association. Later, he asked Rhee to write the foreword to "Why Boys Fail." Soon after the boys book was published, Whitmire approached Rhee about cooperating for a book about her life. Eventually -- after much deliberation -- she agreed. The Bee Eater is not an authorized biography, but Rhee gave him enough personal access (and a green light to talk to her friends and family) to research a full biography.

 

Other books by Richard Whitmire

cover Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Educational System That's Leaving Them Behind