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Stand for the Best. What I Learned after Leaving My Job as CEO of H&R Block to Become a Teacher and Founder of an Inner–City Charter School

  • ID: 2211197
  • Book
  • August 2008
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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People are Talking About Stand for the Best

"There couldn′t be a more compelling story at a more critical time. Our schools need us; our young people need us. Tom Bloch boldly moved from success to significance. He became a teacher and in turn teaches us all the power and rewards of service."
Marguerite W. Kondracke, president and CEO,America′s Promise Alliance

"This is the story of an American hero, a modest and good–humored man who is bringing hope to children most in need. Everyone who cares about the children of America should read this book."
Benno C. Schmidt, Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees,City University of New York; former president, Yale University

"Stand for the Best should be read by any educator who wants to make a memorable difference in the dreams, character, and lives of young people . . . It should also be read by any person, whatever their calling, who wants to leave a lasting legacy for good. I loved this book."
Tom Lickona, co–author, Smart & Good High Schools;director, Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, State University ofNew York at Cortland

"Tom Bloch′s transition from CEO of H&R Block to inner–city math teacher is . . . a selfless portrait in educational leadership."
John Baugh, Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts and Sciences; director, African and African American Studies,Washington University in St. Louis

"Thomas Bloch is one of those rare people who ′walk the walk′ and put their ethics into practice."
LouAnne Johnson, author, Dangerous Minds, The Queen of Education, and Teaching Outside the Box

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1 Off the Block.

2 Back to School.

3 Into the Trenches.

4 On the Learning Curve.

5 A Question of Character.

6 A New Kind of Urban School.

7 Great Expectations.

8 Making the Grade.

9 Moving the School.

10 Real Heroes.

11 A Duty to Dream.

12 Th e Next Urban Teacher.

13 A Calling.

14 Midterm Exam.




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Thomas M. Bloch
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