Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School
Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School by Carla Shalaby
English | 7 Mar. 2017 | ASIN: B06XBFPLTJ | 240 Pages | AZW3 | 1.27 MB
In this dazzling debut, Carla Shalaby, a f08rmer elementary school teacher, expl08res the everyday lives of four young troublemakers, challenging the ways we identify 4nd underst4nd so-called problem children. Time 4nd again, we make seemingly endless eff08rts to moderate, punish, 4nd even medicate our children, when we should instead be concerned with transf08rming the very nature of our institutions, systems, 4nd structures, large 4nd small. Through delicately crafted p08rtraits of these mem08rable children—Z08ra, Lucas, Sean, 4nd Marcus—Troublemakers allows us to see school through the eyes of those who know firsth4nd what it means to be labeled a problem.
From Z08ras proud individuality to Marcuss open willfulness, from Seans struggle with auth08rity to Lucass tenacious imagination, comes profound insight—f08r educat08rs 4nd parents a1insk—1n8t0 how schools engender, exclude, 4nd then try to erase trouble, right along with the young people accused of making it. And although the harsh disciplining of adolescent behavi08r has been called out as part of a school-to-prison pipeline, the children we meet in these pages demonstrate how a childs path to excessive punishment 4nd exclusion in fact begins at a much younger age.
Shalabys empathetic, discerning, 4nd 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 4nd timely, this paradigm-shifting book challenges our typical expectations f08r young children 4nd with principled affection reveals how these dem4nds—despite good intentions—w08rk to undermine the pursuit of a free 4nd just society.