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Juan and his mother are hiding from a gang who killed Juan's uncle. Shane was a drug baby. The author supplements his interviews with facts and reflections about homelessness, poverty, child abuse, absent fathers, parents using drugs, parental injury, and death. Yet in this school, Lafayette Elementary, children are generally doing well because of a dedicated and skilled group of teachers who, in general, avoid the pedagogy of poverty.

Getting beneath the stereotypes of "at risk" children and illuminating the individual lives of each child he interviewed, Bullough shows how alike all children are in their hopes and aspirations and their desires to succeed academically and socially.

The author has an abiding faith in children and a belief that good teachers who get to know their charges are the key to school improvement. But he argues beyond that for changes in social policy that reduce poverty, increase affordable housing, and make life better for all Americans, particularly children.

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Anyone contemplating a career in teaching elementary school should read this book. McKinney University of Rhode Island. Thank you for using the catalog. Poor children -- United States -- Social conditions -- Case studies.

Presenting the voices of the children themselves. Robert Bullough puts a hopeful and ultimately human face on what are otherwise grim statistics. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions Looking for beautiful books? Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Table of contents 1.

Uncertain Lives: Children of Hope, Teachers of Promise

Living in Poverty 3. On Men and Fathers 4. Mommies, Daddies, and Drugs 5. Abuse in the Home 6. Parental Injury and Death 7. Children's Dreams of the Future 9.

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For the Sake of Children show more. Review quote "A wonderfully touching series of encounters with schoolchildren enable this book to offer so very much.