Maybe, just maybe. I read Rafe Esquith’s first book a couple years back and it was hard to believe what he accomplishes in a 5th grade classroom is possible. However, there has been enough media attention that I very much believe that he is that good. As Jay Matthews writes in a short profile on Rafe in the Post, one reason is his devotion to his students (55-60 hours a week + Saturdays). Obviously, Mr. Esquith is not scalable, but he is, no doubt, amazing and worth reading about.
Posted by: Bill | August 11, 2009