I Wish for Change: Unleashing the Power of Kids To Make a Difference

. Da Capo Lifelong: Perseus. Jul. 2019. 240p. notes. index. ISBN 9780738285634. $20; ebk. ISBN 9780738285641. ED
Children care about making their world a better place, asserts third grade public school teacher Schwartz (I Wish My Teacher Knew). The author contends that by giving students direct experience with power, fairness, and responsibility, adults can help kids stand up for what they believe in. With examples from her own classroom, those of fellow teachers, and interviews with young people who are improving their communities, Schwartz illustrates how young people's vulnerability, adaptability, and empathy translate into value-based decisions and community change. Students' handwritten notes, interspersed throughout the text, explain the changes they would like to see in the world.
VERDICT Inspiring and instructive, this well-researched work is a must-read for teachers as well as administrators, parents, coaches, and mentors.
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