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No Child Left Maligned


by Sandra Mickens — April 19, 2003

This commentary highlights the need for stakeholders to understand the pain some children face while attending school. Unfortunately, children are maligned, ridiculed and made fun of all too often. To overcome this problem it is imperative that compassion and character education be introduced into the curriculum to reduce school violence and enhance the academic environment. In the context of the No Child Left Behind Act, efforts must be made to understand and respond to the emotional needs of children who face violence on a daily basis. A child who is regularly maligned is a child who will indeed “be left behind”


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 19, 2003
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11152, Date Accessed: 5/30/2017 5:16:23 AM

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  • Sandra Mickens
    Paterson (NJ) Public School # 25
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    Sandra D. Mickens, Ed.D., is currently a K-8 elementary school principal in Patterson, New Jersey. She holds advanced egrees in the administration and supervision. Her recent work focuses on the impact of extended school day programs and cultural enviornments on the academic achievement or poor children.
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