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This non-fictional account of Tony Petri, learning disabled but gifted teenager, is written in compelling docudrama form to help the reader understand:
*the controlled rage that is a hidden byproduct of school failure;
*the frustration of the help-seeking process;
*the powerlessness of everyone involved in that process--students, families, teachers, and helping professionals;
*the ultimate hope for reversal of both the failure and the rage.
By reconstructing Tony's life and each affront to his sensitivies and self-worth, we see another kind of failure--not of the boy but of the school and professional systems--failure to listen to what was really happening for Tony, and failure to really communicate with each other.
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Dorothy Fink Ungerleider, an educational therapist in Encino, California, is founding President, Advisory Board Chair, and Fellow of the national Association of Educational Therapists. She pioneered the movement to standardize the profession, is a columnist for the journal, The Educational Therapist. She is past president of the Multidisciplinary Academy of Clinical Education and contributed to it's document, Strategies for Public School Reform, served on the committee (LEARN) to restructure the Los Angeles Unified Schools, lectured at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to juvenile court judges and probation officers on the link between learning disabilities and juvenile delinquency, and spearheaded a community service project bringing pro bono remedial and advocacy services to unserved delinquent gang and high risk youth at several Los Angeles agencies. She continues to provide those direct services at New Directions for Youth, focussing on literacy and mathematics remediation. Dorothy Ungerleider received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Special Education of Emotionally Disturbed Youth, and her graduate degree from California State University in Learning and Reading Disorders.Review:
"Reading, Writing, & Rage might do more to force public school professionals to rethink their responsibilities toward learning disabled children than any previous publication." -- Larry Silver, MD, Dept. of Psychiatry, Georgetown, Author, The Misunderstood Child
"Rarely has the public been given a chance to see the world of the school from inside the eyes of the failed student--almost by definition these people are inarticulate and do not wind up being authors." -- Robert Calfee, Professor of Education & Psychology, Stanford University
"Since I've read your book, I have been able to identify other students that I realized were also experiencing the same internalized rage..thank you for showing me how to 'listen with my third ear'." -- Yvonne Amsell, Learning Handicaps Specialist, Walnut Valley, CA
"The description is crisp, angry, and effective; and it is all so damn infuriating and familiar. I am convinced this book will be important." -- Jonathon Kozol, Author, Illiterate America
"This poignant description of Tony Petri's rage gives us all notice that we need to listen even harder to our learning disabled children. We must never give up hope that there is another way to learn, that there is someone who can reach each child." -- Carrie Rozelle, Founding President, National Center for Learning Disabilities
"This story belongs with that small group of self-told accounts...that should have great appeal to adolescents...and should be used in bibliotherapy for discussion in special ed classes." -- William Morse, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan
"for those of us...in the juvenile justice area...it sensitized me to the experiences of one passive child...the ones who slip by us...and (the importance) of the juvenile justice system working in tandem with the educational system." -- Judge Mary Curd-Larken, Washington, DC
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Book Description RWR PRESS, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110965025209
Book Description RWR PRESS, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0965025209