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Overdue Book Report: Rhee's World

I was surprised, but not that surprised, last month when my father-in-law gave me Michelle Rhee’s campaign-style autobiography, Radical: Fighting to Put Students First, as a Christmas gift.  My father-in-law and I see more or less eye to eye on most things, but we also enjoy nuanced discussions about politics and current events, especially when they intersect with education.  “It’s good to read people you don’t necessarily agree with,” he said.  On that point, I agreed …

The First Vote

By the fall of 1992, Susan and I had been friends for two years.  I turned 17 at the end of August; she turned 18 a week and a half later.  She was a year older than me, which mostly didn’t bother me, but I don’t think I ever as young as I felt on the first Tuesday of that November.  It was Election Day.  Susan could vote.  I couldn’t.