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Educate, Medicate, or Litigate?: What Teachers, Parents, and Administrators Must Do About Student Behavior


reviewed by Brian Marcotte — 2002

coverTitle: Educate, Medicate, or Litigate?: What Teachers, Parents, and Administrators Must Do About Student Behavior
Author(s): Robert C. Digiulio
Publisher: Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 0761978240 , Pages: , Year: 2001
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This slender volume reviews some of the well-regarded literature and best practices available concerning violence and other kinds of anti-social behavior exhibited by school age children. DiGiulio’s perspective is global with special interests in South Africa and the US. The book is divided into five chapters which are uneven in content and presentation. I wish the first chapter had been left in a trash bin in the editing room. It introduces the subject of the book but does so with so many undefined, politically loaded terms that this reader was confused on where the author was going or how he was going to get there. It provided the only intellectually "squishy" moment in DiGiulio’s presentation, indeed this chapter has the feel of a late, editor-induced add-on. One is on much firmer ground in chapter two which details the scope of the problem. Americans are more violent than citizens in any other industrialized country. Nevertheless, rates of violent crime by and directed at American school aged children... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 893-895
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10799, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 4:19:03 AM

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  • Brian Marcotte
    Strategic Analysis Inc.
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    Dr. Marcotte is Director and CEO of Strategic Analysis, Inc. a research and education consulting company and a principal in thecollegium.org. Dr. Marcotte is a cognitive scientist and educator. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed research reports and reviews; the two most recent are: Marcotte, B. M. (1999) "Turbidity, arthropods and the evolution of perception: toward a new paradigm of marine Phanerozoic diversity". Marine Ecology Progress Series 191: 267-288; and Marcotte, B. M. (In Press) "Literacy, testing and the American educational agenda". American Language Review.
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