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Special Ed for Kids

Learning My Way
I’m a Winner
Swenson and Kunz
1986

This is part of a series on helping children cope with social situations, friendship, and other minefields of life. This book walks children through the diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities. In this kid’s case, ADHD.

I get the intention of these books, but I am not a fan. They usually have no story or read like a textbook. In this case, we also get the bonus of few illustrations. (The cover really bugs me. The kid’s arms seem wrong.) I also have to wonder how you get a kid with attention problems to sit still long enough to read this boring story.

Mary

More Special Ed:

The Retarded Reader

Special Ed

Living Fully

Training Retarded Babies

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Mr T saves the day

Tackle Block Stop
Graeber
1985

Evidently, Mr T was the star of a few children’s books that featured some of the pressing issues of the day. We featured this gem around in 2010. Again Mr T was advising on bike theft. Today’s selection is a quick lesson about sexual abuse. Bottom line: tell your parents. The end. We never do learn if our protagonist was believed or if the perp was “given help”.

Mary

More kids in trouble:

Gayness explained (so awful, you must see to believe!)

Not in Room 204

Right Touch

Touched

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Teachers, Rise Up!

The Political Life of American Teachers
Zeigler
1967

Submitter: When I looked at the cover, I said to myself : “Ouch! When your teacher has this kind of look, you shut up, you sit and you study!” The back of the book indicate some “provocative conclusions which Harmon Zeigler has drawn from a study based on interviews with hundreds of high school teachers.” My favorite? “Male teachers are the underclass of the teaching profession, rebels in a female system.” It almost made me cry…

Holly: I googled Zeigler, and came up with lots of information about  his published works (including this book review), but only his obituary to clue us into his personal life. He seems like a great guy! As for this book, it talks about the low salaries, school conditions, and lack of decision-making power that teachers faced when the book was written. Jazz up the cover and update the terminology, and it could be relevant again today! As-is, though, it’s a weeder for any popular materials public library. Submitter’s quote tells us all we need to know about the outdated cultural references prevalent here.

More Teacher Talk:

New Math Trauma

Old School

Children: The Challenge

Knapsack Problems

 

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