Kids in the Middle: The Micro Politics of Special Educationby Marshall Strax, Carol Strax, Bruce S. Cooper, Nel Noddings (Foreword by)
Kids in the Middle: The Micro-Politics of Special Education takes the reader on a fascinating journey through special education in the past, present, and future. On this journey, the micro-politics of special education are seen through the eyes and experiences of children with disabilities, their parents and advocates, adult educators, and school administrators. Supplementing these perspectives to develop an understanding of special education that goes beyond its administrative and political aspects, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), are scholars with expertise in special education law, administration, severe and profound disabilities, ethics, finance, teaching, and disability rights. Together, these voices explain the micro-political issues that affect how children with disabilities are educated. Kids in the Middle promotes a new model of special education to help transform special education. Instead of perpetuating a system grounded in the concepts of promises, privilege, and power, this book considers how to build a system based on caring, compassion, and the common good, a system that will elevate the status of special education children who are lost in the middle.
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Marshall Strax, an advocate for people with disabilities, is a professor of education at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. His interests include the intersection of disabilities studies and special education, the politics of special education, and higher education and disability.
Carol Strax is an associate professor of education at Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York. A qualitative researcher, her interests include inclusive education, the use of service dogs with people with disabilities, and children’s literature.
Bruce S. Cooper, Ph.D., is professor of education leadership and policy at the Fordham University Graduate School of Education in New York City, and the former president of the Politics of Education Association. His interests focus on school politics, finance, and unionization. Cooper recently published a book with Sharon Conley, Keeping and Improving Today's School Leaders: Retaining and Sustaining the Best, that examines the process of preparing, encouraging, and retaining quality leaders at the school and district levels.
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