By Robert V., Jr. Bullough

ISBN-10: 0807740454

ISBN-13: 9780807740453

Written for all those who find themselves keen on the plight of youngsters in the US, such a lot specially destiny college academics, Uncertain Lives tells the tales of 34 kids, enrolled in a K–6 city college. the story advised is one in every of youngsters doing the simplest they know the way less than making an attempt lifestyles situations. featuring the voices of the kids themselves, Robert Bullough places a hopeful and eventually human face on what are differently grim data.

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It is just awful. Vulgar language. . [Many times] the neighbors called the police. . ” He couldn’t keep jobs for more than a few days. He provided little financial support for the family, and believing that others were the origins of his difficulties, grew increasingly bitter as he found it progressively harder to get any work whatsoever. “[Tanner and his brothers] don’t ever remember happiness with their dad, not ever. . Tanner sees that we have happiness now. [He] doesn’t have to go to bed every night and put the pillow over his head and listen to screaming and yelling and fighting.

When he sensed enemies closing in around him, he’d run away to a secret clubhouse he and his only friend, a classmate, built in a vacant lot where he’d hide, fume, and finally settle into an uncertain calm. I know the clubhouse, and have seen Zeke there. ” He repeated the words, a warning, slowly, distinctly: “Big. Bad. ” Zeke was difficult to interview: he was constantly moving, had trouble focusing, and was easily distracted. But when he did focus, he used a large vocabulary with precision. Still, I wondered at times as we spoke where he was because he most assuredly wasn’t in the school library with me.

Teachers cannot make up the difference between these children’s experiences and opportunities and those had by their better-off peers, but they try, and in trying make a positive difference in the lives of the children. So much could be done if Americans thought of each child, especially each poor child, as their own, rather than as someone else’s, most especially a teacher’s or social worker’s problem. It is a hard and dispiriting reality, but public disdain for parents like Randall’s often expresses itself in punishment of children in America.

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