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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 this book 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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By Patois on 07-28-17
In Troublemaker you are given an insight into what is possible if you believe in the power of ideas and would like to know what it would be like if we put trust in the notion that children can learn in a variety of different ways. It reveals the struggle in education being a one size fits all solution for the education crisis. The real crisis is not advocating for love and thinking that there is only one strict, authoritarian style of education. It is the children that are labeled troublemakers, those that dare think outside of the box or who do not fit into current societal ideal norms that deserve to be given the freedom to learn in a way that best suits them. This is for teachers that want to find a better way to deal with those students that challenge you. I highly recommend this book for all teachers, parents, administrators and policy makers. This is a glimpse of hope towards fixing our overburdened, high pressured, high expectation education system. I eagerly await the author's follow up book. Thank you for writing this timely book.