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Author Shalaby, Carla, author.

Title Troublemakers : lessons in freedom from young children at school / Carla Shalaby.

Publication Info. New York : The New Press, 2017.
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  371.93 SHA    AVAILABLE
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Description xl, 196 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [289]-196).
Contents Preface: Canaries in the mine -- Introduction: On (in)visibility) -- Forest School. Zora: on being out-standing -- Lucas: on being pigeonholed -- 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.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Problem children -- Education (Elementary) -- United States.
Behavior disorders in children.
Problem children -- Behavior modification.
Classroom management -- United States.
Inclusive education -- United States.
School discipline -- United States.
ISBN 9781620972366 (hardback)
1620972360 (hardback)
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