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Bullying, ADHD, ADD, Bipolar Disorder, Emotionally Disturbed, ADD, ODD, Oppositional, Defiant
Succeeding without Labels - Lessons for Educators
Dr. Jonathan T. Jefferson
This book was developed to compare the real life educational experiences of an average child during the last generation in which the United States led the world in education to a real child’s experiences today (when the United States is no longer in the top 20). The practice of labeling students with a disability has reached the status of a dangerous standard practice. Increasing demands for educational accountability will lead to more students being labeled and left behind.
Written from a unique in-depth child’s point-of-view, this book is designed to trigger a paradigm shift from automatically labeling children to patiently allowing them to grow into themselves. The author compares common disabilities chapter-by-chapter in sync with the child’s intentions (or lack thereof). This sharing of the educational lives of two children, coupled with peer reviewed literature and research, provides powerful motivation for change.
Born in 1969 as the seventh of eight children to two Harlem raised parents, this author benefited from both the inner-city life of Queens, New York, and childhood summers spent on a farm in rural upstate New York. Academic, professional, and physical accomplishments have punctuated this author’s life. After earning his doctorate from Seton Hall University in 2006 in the area of education leadership, management, and policy, creative pursuits such as self publishing memoirs, poetry, and photography have taken the edge off of an otherwise mundane existence as a public school administrator. An adventurer by nature, he became the first African American to hike to the top of every mountain in the northeast United States over 4,000’ (115 of them) by September of 2000. At that time, less than 400 people had accomplished this feat; whereas thousands have scaled Mount Everest. Escaping to the U.S. Virgin Islands to manage a friend’s Eco-lodge in 2009 provided him with the respite necessary to begin serious writing and research on the topics of life and education.
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