How to Teach Children at Risk of Educational Failure: Coping with Poverty, Bullying, Disease, Crime, and Ethnicity

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This book is a history of the treatment and consideration given in American education to students who are now classified as “at-risk”. The term is a relatively recent coinage, reflecting the newness of educators’ recognition that a measurable portion of students, beyond those with evident physical and mental handicaps, have special educational needs. Comprehending what educators mean by the terms “at-risk”, which has become more an acknowledgement of economic disadvantage and less a categorization of biological abnormalities, is essential to understanding the ways in which such children have been treated throughout the development of the educational system in the United States.

Historically, the concept of compulsory education for all as an individual right and a societal necessity developed while the United States grew and matured into an industrialized nation, The changing way in which educators have looked on the problems presented by “at-risk” children represents a striking model for their refinement in thinking about education as a whole.

This book’s contribution to education will be to identify those students who may be at-risk and arouse those who work with at-risk students. This book also makes an effort to introduce some new ideas as to how to work with at-risk students of all types. This will be a useful guide to educators, teacher educators and those involved in educating young people as well as a valuable reference text for libraries and other research venues.


“The issue of sensitizing teachers and other school personnel to the need for their participation in the education process for at-risk students is one of particular importance...The education of at-risk students is a high priority for our society. This text brings into focus how some college professors, grade school instructors, and counselors deal with this problem. In my judgment, this book is an outstanding contribution to our professional field.” – (from the Foreword) Joseph Jefferson, Ph.D., Texas Southern University

“It seems that [the author] stated almost every aspect on the at-risk student issues in the field of education quite eloquently...This book is refreshing. I would recommend this text for anyone who wants to have informed reading.” – Dr. Patty Ball Thomas, Assistant Professor in Education, Florida A & M University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Comments
1. Beyond the Cream: African American Males in School (Tony Manson)
2. The First Three Years of a Child’s Life and its Impact on a Child Entering School Ready to Learn (Patty Ball Thomas)
3. Beyond the Cream: The Students are Not the Only Ones At-risk (Tony Manson)
4. Mainstreaming (Tony Manson)
5. Cross-Ethnic, Cross-Racial Dynamics of Instruction Implications for Teacher Education – Revisited (Tony Manson)
6. Parental involvement & St-Risk Students (Tony Manson)
7. Using the ABC’s to Teach Mathematics to At-Risk Students (Fusing Affective Skills with Content Knowledge) (Marian W. Smith)
8. At-Risk Students School Readiness: Title I/Non Title I School Performance in 2002/2003 (Thyria Ansley and Alicia R. Williams)
9. Teachers and Curriculum At-Risk: Recruiting Minority Teachers and a Culturally-Responsive Curricula (Tony Manson)
10. School Bullies and Their Victims: Factors and Interventions to a Fear Free School (Femi Hill)
11. Is There a Relationship Between Discipline and Race in the Classroom?(Tony Manson)
12. Teaching Style and At-Risk Students (Tony Manson)
13. Beyond the Cream: Black Student Achievement (Tony Manson)
14. Children At-Risk: Where is my Child? The Future of African American Families (Joseph L. Jefferson and LaRonda Y. Ashford)
15. What’s on the Plate: Children At-Risk (Bonita J. Manson)
16. Educational Talent Search and College Prepatory: A Learning Center Based Approach For At-Risk Students (Tony Manson)
17. At-Risk Students SAT (Testing) Issues: Predictability, Validity, and Controversies (Gregory K. Manson and Tony Manson)
18. Cross Ethnic Teaching (Tony Manson)

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