All posts by Jeremy Mann

Review of “One Day, All Children…”

Over the last twenty years, Teach For America has led 21,000 of the nation’s brightest young people into public education in low-income communities, where roughly 60% of them have stayed. Less than half of traditionally-trained teachers stay more than two...

/ February 7, 2011

McKinsey Report on US Teacher Quality

Today I received on my desk an advanced copy of Wendy Kopp’s new book. In addition to being one of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2008, Kopp is my boss, many times removed. She’s the founder and CEO of...

/ January 12, 2011

Get Ready for The Tree of Life

If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the trailer for the most anticipated movie of 2011: Terrance Malick’s fifth film, The Tree of LIfe, is tentatively scheduled for release at the end of May (don’t hold your breath, it has...

/ December 23, 2010

What are Theologians For?

What are theologians for? What are they supposed to do? If the theologians of the world went on a retreat together and made a list of objectives for 2011, what would be on it? I’m not sure how to answer...

/ September 18, 2010

Living to Work

Dorothy Sayers’ presentation of work in her essay Why Work? is a helpful corrective for Christians who’ve lost sight of its theological purposes. Sustained conflict against the culture’s over-glorification of work has warped the church’s presentation of vocation. Instead of...

/ May 18, 2010

Advice to Young Couples

So, obviously no man is an island—he needs a woman. Together they make a big island, which is why everyone honeymoons in Hawaii… My wife and I are in our mid-twenties, which means every spring our mailbox is full of...

/ April 24, 2010

Can a Man Be Profitable to God?

God does not need us. He does not depend on our praise, or our holiness, or our service. These gifts do not gain him anything. They are not his source of satisfaction, or even a partial source of benefit. Job’s...

/ March 14, 2010

Quite a guy that Mr. Fox

The Oscar nominations came out Tuesday morning. Pixar’s Up already won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film. It shouldn’t have. The movie is on par with Pixar’s others, which of course means it is very good: characteristically inventive, incisive,...

/ February 4, 2010

Susan Sontag on Beauty and Gender

Today as I set-up shop in a line at the Los Angeles DMV I happened to read an incisive essay published in Vogue forty years ago. The article was written by Susan Sontag, and my profit from it proves that...

/ January 7, 2010

Parents and Public School: Comments on Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

I recently had the chance to read Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye for my Teach For America credentialing program at Loyola Marymount University. Reading the book in that setting prompted notice of the near absence of school in the novel....

/ October 25, 2009