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Troublemakers : lessons in freedom from young children at school

Author: Carla Shalaby
Publisher: New York : The New Press, distributed by Two Rivers Distribution 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this dazzling debut, Carla Shalaby, a former elementary school teacher, explores the everyday lives of four young "troublemakers," challenging the ways we identify and understand so-called problem children. Time and again, we make seemingly endless efforts to moderate, punish, and even medicate our children, when we should instead be concerned with transforming the very nature of our institutions, systems, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carla Shalaby
ISBN: 9781620972366 1620972360 9781620972373 1620972379
OCLC Number: 1020252504
Description: xxxiv, 202 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface: canaries in the mine --
Introduction: on (in)visibility --
pt. I. Forest school. Zora : on being out-standing --
Lucas : on being pigeonholed --
pt. II. The crossroads school. Sean : on being willful --
Marcus : on being good --
Conclusion: trouble-making in school --
A letter to teachers: on teaching love and learning freedom --
A note to all readers: on mushrooms, mold, and mice.
Responsibility: Carla Shalaby.

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"In this dazzling debut, Carla Shalaby, a former elementary school teacher, explores the everyday lives of four young "troublemakers," challenging the ways we identify and understand so-called problem children. Time and again, we make seemingly endless efforts to moderate, punish, and even medicate our children, when we should instead be concerned with transforming the very nature of our institutions, systems, and structures, large and small. Through delicately crafted portraits of these memorable children--Zora, Lucas, Sean, and Marcus--Troublemakers allows us to see school through the eyes of those who know firsthand what it means to be labeled a problem. From Zora's proud individuality to Marcus's open willfulness, from Sean's struggle with authority to Lucas's tenacious imagination, comes profound insight--for educators and parents alike--into how schools engender, exclude, and then try to erase trouble, right along with the young people accused of making it. And although the harsh disciplining of adolescent behavior has been called out as part of a school-to-prison pipeline, the children we meet in these pages demonstrate how a child's path to excessive punishment and exclusion in fact begins at a much younger age. Shalaby's empathetic, discerning, and elegant prose gives us a deeply textured look at what noncompliance signals about the environments we require students to adapt to in our schools. Both urgent and timely, this paradigm-shifting book challenges our typical expectations for young children and with principled affection reveals how these demands--despite good intentions--work to undermine the pursuit of a free and just society"--

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Praise for Troublemakers:"I thought I knew a thing or two about freedom until I read Troublemakers. Carla Shalaby reveals how we mistake wild curiosity and wisdom for willfulness, punish children Read more...

 
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