New Book Provides A Voice For The Children In The Back Row

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Author takes readers on an episodic journey to arouse teachers’ consciousness and conscientiousness as educators

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For practical purposes, the back row of the classroom is usually reserved for those tall students. However, some children voluntarily sit there because they are shy and lack confidence. Some, like the class bullies, choose the back row because they want undisturbed freedom from the teacher. What many teachers don’t realize is that these are escape mechanisms that deprive students from requisite attention.

Author Kathleen Robinson provides A Voice For The Children In The Back Row and reminds teachers to continue to reach out to students who may otherwise be inadvertently overlooked when their focus is only trained on those children who demonstrate the greatest willingness to learn. Some children at the back of the class are often the ones with psychological scars and, if left unattended, further develop more scars of emotional neglect. In this narrative, the voice relates the story—in distinct episodes—of four different children, each within an almost ten-year span encountered along the pathway of pedagogical development.

Lynette T. Noel a reading instructor at University of Trinidad and Tobago and author of The Night Nopat was Left Out has this to say about the book, “Our society needs texts like A Voice for the Children in the Back Row where the new teacher as well as the seasoned practitioner can identify with authentic experiences and see the hope that still exists in the midst of deep despair.”

J. Baisden, educator of more than three decades notes that, "In an examination-oriented, mass education system, where one size seldom fits all, the ubiquitous drive to ‘complete the syllabus’ conspires to ensure that some are left sitting disconsolately in the back row. The gifted and the disadvantaged suffer equally as the teacher struggles, virtually on his own, to fulfill mainstream societal expectations. There is hope that, with this latest insightful presentation, the authorized institutional engineers, will finally assume the mantle to oversee meaningful, coherent and sustainable change at the systemic level.”

Robinson hopes that the real-life episodes contained in this part fictional novel will touch the hearts of such practitioners by rekindling the sparks they felt when they first walked down the aisle in graduation regalia, vowing to others and to themselves to make a difference. This—a voice for the children in the back row—is hopefully not just another of the many desperate voices crying disparately in the education wilderness.

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About the Author
Kathleen Robinson is an undergraduate of York University, Ontario- Canada and a graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia - Canada. Her teaching career spans over thirty years, from the primary school level to the tertiary level. She was an instructor of Reading in the Department of Education at the University of the Southern Caribbean and presently does the same at the School of Cognition, Learning and Education at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 83 pages; 978-1-4691-9087-7
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 83 pages; 978-1-4691-9088-4
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4691-9089-1

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