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Whisper Writing

Teenage Girls Talk about Ableism and Sexism in School


Melissa M. Jones

In Whisper Writing three teenage girls share their stories about life as students, as young women with disabilities, and as minorities in a male-dominated special education school culture. Their stories are unique because of their disability label and the experiences that go along with such a label. Trapped in an artificial school culture created by educators, these girls have gained valuable insight about power and subordination both in and out of school. Their narratives, along with extensive observations and interviews with these students and their peers, will both stun and enlighten the reader, prompting questions about current school practices involving segregation, a curriculum of control, and the devaluing of students with disabilities – particularly those with behavior issues.
Contents: Welcome to Wonderland – Complexity in the «Air» – There's Substance in the «Air» –4: Two Sides of «Isis» – Fire and Isis – Silencing «Mandy» – Finding Mandy's Key – The Presentation Of «Self» – Powerful Influences: Societal Power Makes Its Mark – Organizational Power and a Curriculum of Control – Interpersonal Power and Social Hierarchies – Individual Power: Taking Back Control – Another Fantasy? Personal Empowerment and Power-To – Questions And Possibilities.