Anne Lutz Fernandez

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Anne Lutz Fernandez is a former marketer, investment banker, and educator who spent two decades teaching English in public middle and high schools. She is co-author, with Catherine Lutz, of Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and its Effect on Our Lives and Schooled: Ordinary, Extraordinary Teaching in an Age of Change. Her writing, often on education, has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Guardian (UK), NBC THINK, and elsewhere.


Cover Photo: A photograph of the author's father—tall, lanky, with close-cropped hair—overseeing workers at Maxwell House Coffee in the 1970s
My Father Taught Me to Pursue Excellence. Coffee Taught Me About Satisfaction.

An obsession with excellence creates an unfortunate binary: all or nothing.