In Search of The Real Michelle Rhee

Marc Fisher:

W hen Michelle Rhee was a teenager — long before anyone imagined she would ever spend her career trying to turn America’s inner-city public schools into something more like the elite private school she attended back in Ohio — she was a stellar student, a good field hockey player and a kind, caring friend. But she already had the mouth for which she has become infamous. She said what was on her mind, even if it stung. Finally, one day, her mother had just had it with her daughter’s blunt, even brusque, manner. Inza Rhee said to Michelle, “What is wrong with you? You just don’t care what people think of you!”