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Quiet Desperation : The Effects of Competition in School on Abused and Neglected Children - Gerald W. Neal

Quiet Desperation

The Effects of Competition in School on Abused and Neglected Children


Published: 22nd April 2008
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With standardized testing and predetermined subgroups garnering the attention of educational leaders, abused and neglected children have fallen deeper into the crevice of the system. For years these children have been ignored, save the obvious, visible bruises or child-initiated confessions. Because researching children is difficult without parental consent, it is nearly impossible to expose this problem with any level of legitimacy. By combining research from scientific research and the humanities, autobiographical flashbacks fuse with narratives that vividly detail the author's disturbing encounters with abused children as a school administrator. The effect is the realization that public schools unknowingly feed on weaker children beneath the awning of accountability.

I must admit, however, that I lost some sleep one night and felt extreme sadness feeling the pain of those Dr. Neal describe experiencing child abuse. But, it was a gift to have gone through this. My life has been altered in ways that I don't know at this point because of the experience of reading Quiet Desperation. I needed to be taken out of my comfort zone. Those who read this will probably undergo a similar experience, THANK GOD! -- Dale Brubaker, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, author of The Charismatic Leader: The Presentation of the Self and the Creation of Edu Recommended. CHOICE, February 2009 Dr. Neal's writing touched me in that place that I was touched so many years ago when I decided to make child abuse prevention my life's work. The images he describes are accurate, poignant, and so insightful. I kept thinking that every teacher should be required to read this book so that he or she can get in touch again with the motivations and yearnings that made them select this field of work. We thank him for bringing so much of himself to the task of writing the book and for being a powerful voice for vulnerable children. -- Jetta Bernier, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Citizens for Children, MA Chapter, Prevent Child Abuse America

Prefacep. vii
A Face in the Crowdp. 1
Mr. Hatley's Carportp. 1
Daddy Dearestp. 9
Brethrenp. 17
The Football Star and the Military Bratp. 17
Family Tiesp. 20
Bus 355p. 21
Dirty Socksp. 25
Defense Modep. 31
Stress Fracturesp. 31
Caged Birdsp. 40
The Sting of Competitionp. 45
Orange Paperp. 45
The Coldest Rainp. 50
Taxed Elitismp. 52
The Seedlingp. 55
Candles and Camerasp. 57
The Ugly Underbelly of Competitionp. 62
Without Netsp. 62
The Sacred Cowp. 66
Dogs and Ratsp. 70
Breaking Awayp. 73
The Resilient Selfp. 77
A Sweaty Notep. 77
Hot Waterp. 84
Master of My Fatep. 87
Bottom Upp. 91
Out the Windowp. 96
Arming the Educatorsp. 103
An Eye for Abusep. 103
The Science of Artp. 106
The Delicate Nature of Investigationp. 108
Knight of the Round Tablesp. 111
Climate Controlp. 115
Making Sensep. 119
Flightp. 122
Phillipp. 122
Treyp. 124
Mep. 127
Bibliographyp. 133
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ISBN: 9780761839934
ISBN-10: 0761839933
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 22nd April 2008
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.22