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

By Jay Matthews
Recommended by
"Work Hard. Be Nice." by Jay Matthews is a captivating exploration of the journey to success in America's public school education system. Through the inspiring narrative of the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) founders, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, Matthews reveals the power of perseverance and compassion in transforming the lives of disadvantaged students.

In this enlightening account, Matthews delves into the challenges faced by Feinberg and Levin as they establish a network of high-achieving charter schools, dedicated to providing quality education to underserved communities. Despite limited resources and skepticism from critics, their unwavering determination drives them to create an educational model that disrupts the status quo and offers hope to those deemed academic underdogs.

The book magnifies the impact of KIPP schools on students, highlighting their emphasis on hard work, personal responsibility, and character development. With meticulous research and firsthand interviews, Matthews weaves together stories of students who, against all odds, thrive academically and grow into successful individuals. Their journeys demonstrate that with the right guidance and support, every child can unlock their potential regardless of their circumstances.

As a testament to the transformative power of education, "Work Hard. Be Nice." is a thought-provoking call to action for educators, policymakers, and anyone invested in breaking the cycle of educational inequality. Through the extraordinary story of KIPP, Matthews celebrates the relentless pursuit of excellence and the profound impact that a motivated teacher and a caring school can have on shaping a brighter future for all.

With its compelling storytelling and poignant anecdotes, "Work Hard. Be Nice." offers an accessible and uplifting exploration of educational reform, reinforcing the notion that hard work and kindness can break down barriers and pave the way for a more equitable society.
Share This Book 📚