Why Students Underachieve: What Educators and Parents Can Do about It


reviewed by Sheri Atwater - February 12, 2007

coverTitle: Why Students Underachieve: What Educators and Parents Can Do about It
Author(s): Regalena Melrose
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578864402 , Pages: 280, Year: 2006
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Counselors, psychologists, teachers, administrators, social workers—in short, anyone who has ever worked with students with behavioral or emotional difficulties—can instinctively recall those students whose behavior remained confusing and overwhelming despite school personnel’s best efforts to intervene. For anyone who has ever left an individualized educational plan (IEP) meeting feeling that the child’s needs were not truly understood, Regalena Melrose’s book Why Students Underachieve: What Educators and Parents Can Do about It is a highly worthwhile read. Melrose’s research-based premise about how and why we continue to misunderstand such children and the ways to serve them better is nothing short of revolutionary in a field where classification of the 13 federal disability categories dominates the special education landscape. With clear prose and practical case study examples, Melrose first lays out reasons why educators must re-conceptualize the problems many of these students face—particularly students who often do not fit ‘neatly’ into an Attention... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 12, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13266, Date Accessed: 11/13/2019 3:06:10 PM

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