Work Hard. Be Nice.
How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America
By Jay Mathews
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781565125162, 328pp.)
Publication Date: January 2009
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KIPP schools incorporate what Feinberg and Levin learned from America's best, most charismatic teachers: lessons need to be lively; school days need to be longer (the KIPP day is nine and a half hours); the completion of homework has to be sacrosanct (KIPP teachers are available by telephone day and night). Chants, songs, and slogans such as "Work hard, be nice" energize the program. Illuminating the ups and downs of the KIPP founders and their students, Mathews gives us something quite rare: a hopeful book about education.