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Recommended Read: Wendy Kopp’s New Book

By Richard Whitmire — January 17, 2011 1 min read
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The book by the founder of Teach for America, A Chance to Make History, comes out on the 20th anniversary of TFA.

Kopp nicely captures the essential character of the three schools I profile in Why Boys Fail and explains why those schools like those are successful for all students (including boys). The schools in my book -- two charters, one of which is an all-boys school, and a traditional elementary school in Delaware -- benefit from “transformational” leadership coming from both teachers and principals.

The point here is that transformational leadership is more important than the structure, be it charter or single-sex. Not all single-sex programs are successful, and not all charters are successful. In the end, what helps boys is powerful teaching.

The opinions expressed in Why Boys Fail are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.