One Family S Story Of Coping After Their Teenage Daughter Drops Out Of School, And An Examination Of The Public School System Itself In The Fall Of , While In Grade , Leslie Gavel S Daughter Avery Began What Would Be A Four Year Disengagement From School Avery Didn T Fit The Stereotype Of The Dropout Why Would A Privileged, Middle Class Adolescent Choose This Path When Dropping Out Was A Social Stigma And Would Complicate Her Personal Life And Career Choices Leslie Began To Analyze The School System Itself, But All Of Her Research Led Not To Answers But To Further Questions Did School Its History, Structure, Practice Play Any Role In Underachievement Was The Problem Of Marginal Or Failing Grades, Chronic Student Dissatisfaction, And Disruptive Classroom Behaviour Always The Fault Of The Student And, By Extension, Her Parents Or Could It Be The Fault Of The School System Itself And Did Dropping Out An Ultimate Taboo For Teenagers, Along With Pregnancy And Drug Abuse Really Have To Mean The End Of The World For Child And Parent Told From The Deeply Personal Perspective Of A Concerned Parent, Dropout Is A Memoir About One Family S Experience In The Public School System It Also Considers The Latest Research In Alternative Approaches To School, And Offers Suggestions For Students Who May Not Fit The Educational Mould Or Society S Definition Of Success Leslie Gavel, A Former Social Worker, Is A Calgary Freelance Writer Her Work Has Appeared In Reader S Digest, Canadian Living, More, Today S Parent, Avenue And Several Canadian And American Newspapers, And Has Been Produced For CBC National Radio Born And Raised In Regina, She Has Lived In Calgary For DecadesAdvance Praise For Dropout In A Courageous Act Of Often Painful Self Disclosure, Leslie Gavel Exposes The Secret, Massive And Most Crippling Bullying That Haunts Western Educational Systems Our Abandonment And Degradation Of Students Who Do Not Fit Our Perception Of School Success Like Callous Physicians Who Coldly Dismiss Patients Who Have Illnesses They Don T Understand, Our Schools Treat Non Achievers As Pariahs, As Lepers Confronting Us With Things We D Rather Not See This Bullying Is Even Damaging Than Peer Abuse For Struggling Kids Like Gavel S Daughter Since The Devastating Rejection Comes Not From Teenaged Jerks, But From Admired And Respected Adult Authorities This Brave Book Should Be Required Reading For Anyone Who Claims The Title Of Educator And Will Help Parents To Bind The Wounds Of These Suffering Children And Nurture Them Back To Life Success And Happiness Dr Michael J Bradley, Author Of Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind Dropout Is Not Only A Ruthlessly Honest Saga Of One Family S Conflict Over School, It Is Also A Polemic That Rails Against A System That Cries Out For Fundamental Reform Through Research And Storytelling, Leslie Gavel Shows The Reader What S Wrong With School As It S Conducted Today, Which Is Not Unlike How It Was Conducted One Hundred Years Ago When The Goal Was To Produce Workers For Factories Who D Do As They Were Told Gavel Warns Something Must Change Or Our Children Will Continue To Be Victims Of An Oppressive, Authoritarian Institution I Wish I D Read Dropout Before My Own Kids Faced Off Against Our One Size Fits All Educational System Robert W Fuller, PhD Former President Of Oberlin College
Leslie Gavel, a former social worker, is a Calgary freelance writer Her work has appeared in Reader s Digest, Canadian Living, More, Today s Parent, Avenue and several Canadian and American newspapers, and has been produced for CBC national radio Born and raised in Regina, she has lived in Calgary for decades.
- 240 pages
- Leslie Gavel
- 05 August 2019 Leslie Gavel