America's Champion of Neighborhood Schools
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THE MAKING OF A MAD MAN
In his first book, Inner-City Public Schools Still Work, Dr. Mateen Diop details how racism, poverty, naysayers, and the sexual abuse of his sister influenced his mindset as he navigated a path filled with unforeseen detours. He also discusses the effectiveness of inner-city public schools and the looming charter school movement.
In this second edition, Dr. Diop chronicles his final years in education as a central office administrator and the hurdles he encountered while serving as principal of one of San Antonio's most challenging high schools. In addition, he offers advice to sitting and aspiring principals who lead inner-city schools. The Making of a MAD Man invites readers to remain positive and motivated despite adversity and to have an unwavering determination to achieve their goals. Dr. Diop's career in public education spans over 25 years. He has served at every leadership level in the K-12 arena. He is a staunch advocate of strengthening America's neighborhood schools.
Dr. Diop believes that it's not our circumstances that determine the desired outcomes, but instead, it's our reaction to those situations. Dr. Diop was reared in a segregated, low-income neighborhood in San Antonio, TX. In his environment, excelling in school was not a celebrated trait. Instead, it was how much you drank or smoked that determined your worth. Fortunately, Dr. Diop never listened to the naysayers.