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Diane O’Reilly  –

Our society values exceptional children who achieve. But when children do not achieve, society’s reaction may cause shame and embarrassment.

RETARD is about such children. It is also about a sensitive and caring teacher who made a “difference” in the lives of those children. RETARDis about substandard teaching conditions that are so prevalent in many cities and communities. You are invited to visit the children’s class for one year — to know them, to share the pain and joy that come from their progress when trust and affection develop between teacher and student. Unhappy, disruptive, and unproductive children begin a slow transformation. Pride develops and the educationally mentally handicapped children learn to relate to their classmates and teacher in a positive and humane fashion, despite the negative feelings of some teachers, students, and administrators toward them.

Retard questions the testing and placement procedures of EMH children. Diane O’Reilly has offered the experiences of one teacher. Her work is receiving national attention. It is a call for help for these children.

   “I would recommend Retard to be read by parents, advocates and educators. It demonstrates what can occur when a teacher is dedicated, capable, and involved. . . .”Walt Schoenig, President, Parent Educational Network of Florida

“Well written and thoroughly absorbing. . . a valuable resource for those who rely on the past for guidance in order to avoid the possibility of making similar mistakes in the future.” Eileen M. Kolich, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Education, Mundelein College

“The book should be both interesting and informative to anyone involved in any way with children who have special needs. The Macon Beacon

DIANE O’REILLY holds a B.A. in English from Mundelein College and an M.S. in Education from Chicago State University. She is a retired reading and special education teacher who has taught primary, mentally handicapped and learning disabled students in addition to children in the Head-start program. She currently serves as a board member of the Suncoast Chapter Exchange Center of the National Exchange Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.


Cloth, 200 pages, 6×9
ISBN 0-944435-05-X
LC 88-83478


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