At-Risk Students Defy The Odds

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Overview

What is your perception of at-risk students? A rural African-American man? A legally blind Georgia girl? A poor Pakistani immigrant? Rosa Aronson tells the stories of these and four other students, uncovering how very different at-risk achievers have overcome the odds stacked against them. Through seven narratives, Aronson analyzes their collective experiences. She offers recommendations for change in today's educational system based upon their journeys and the research of other overcomers such as Richard Rodriguez and Victor Frankl. A powerful book, At-Risk Students Defy the Odds brings to light the issues of poverty and race that affect education today, and provides hope for change.

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Editorial Reviews

Jay Mathews
For decades American teachers and parents, as well as scholars and policy makers, have wondered why some children succeed in school and life despite terrible circumstances, while others of equal intelligence and talent are not up to the challenge. Rosa Aronson provides the answer in one powerful word: resilience. She chronicles the lives of seven remarkable individuals, none of them celebrities, who overcame poverty, disability, and discrimination to become creative adults. She shows how this unmeasurable quality produces so much good and discusses how it might be replicated so more can succeed.
Harold Burbach
Dr. Aronson's book contains seven richly textured personal stories of individuals who overcame adverse early conditions in their lives to become success stories....It is one of those rare books that is highly readable and rich in content. But most of all, it is a book about hope, hope for all those who believe in making equality of opportunity in America a reality.
Jay Mathews
For decades American teachers and parents, as well as scholars and policy makers, have wondered why some children succeed in school and life despite terrible circumstances, while others of equal intelligence and talent are not up to the challenge. Rosa Aronson provides the answer in one powerful word: resilience. She chronicles the lives of seven remarkable individuals, none of them celebrities, who overcame poverty, disability and discrimination to become creative adults. She shows how this unmeasurable quality produces so much good and discusses how it might be replicated so more can succeed..
Harold Burbach
Dr. Aronson's book contains seven richly textured personal stories of individuals who overcame adverse early conditions in their lives to become success stories....It is one of those rare books that is highly readable and rich in content. But most of all, it is a book about hope, hope for all those who believe in making equality of opportunity in America a reality.
Booknews
Aronson, a program director with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recommends education reform based on the stories of resilient students who have overcome great odds, and the research of "overcomers" Victors Frankl and Richard Rodriguez. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810839922
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Scarecrow Education Book Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosa Aronson is Associate Director of Programs, Trust to Reach Education Excellence, at the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Success, Failure and Educational Resilience in American Schools Chapter 2 Seven Stories of Resilience Chapter 3 Barriers to Success and Their Effects on Students at Risk Chapter 4 Enabling Conditions and Coping Strategies Chapter 5 Experiencing Achievement and Looking Back Chapter 6 Conclusion: What Does This All Mean? What Are the Implications for Educators and Policy-Makers? Chapter 7 References

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