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Mommy, I Wish I Could Tell You What They Did To Me In School Today Hardcover – October 7, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: FriesenPress (October 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770677798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770677791
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,100,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For his entire life, the man affectionately known as "Mr. Rick" has been selflessly giving his all to help others. His empathy, understanding, and compassion have combined with his natural ability to make people smile to form the perfect mix of tools for him to use toward his goal of making this world a better place. He has endured many hardships in his life, and while some might use them as a crutch, Mr. Rick has used them as motivation. Over the last decade, Mr. Rick has turned his efforts toward helping children with disabilities. After many years, he has written this emotional and educational book in an attempt to use his experiences as both a precautionary tale and a guideline for the future. "Mommy, I Wish I Could Tell You What They Did To Me In School Today" has enabled Mr. Rick to become a voice for the voiceless. He has already touched, changed, and helped so many lives; through this book, he hopes to continue to do so.

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I rated this book with 4 stars, though I have a mixed reaction.
April M. Whitt
This book is very well written and I know these students would be glad to have their stories told and make a difference in the lives of other children.
Kniffin
If there is one book that every parent with a child with special needs must read, this is it.
Kat

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John R. Herman on November 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
I read the book. I cried. It took me only an hour and half to read, so I read it through again. I cried some more. As a morally compassionate person, I don't want to believe that such things could happen and people could be so patently uncaring and cruel to another human, let alone a child. But also being a realist, who has lived more than 50 years in the world, I think I also know that people are "what they are". Thank you for making a difference. I would gladly contribute to a fund to have you cloned. All of the Adams, Noahs, Marvins, Marys & Anthonys deserve no less. God Bless you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By April M. Whitt on August 1, 2012
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I rated this book with 4 stars, though I have a mixed reaction. As a special needs educator myself, I have known and loved and also lost some precious students I've had the honor of working with over the years. I must commend Richard Stripp for his boldness in speaking out against wrongful practices and for his personal self sacrifices. However, at the same time I feel that his book presents a very narrow and one-sided view of the special education system. While I recognize that there is school personell who do not belong in special education, and that abusive behavior does sometimes occur in our present day schools, I also want to point out that there are many many caring and attentive, hard working people who "go the extra mile" in schools across the contry every day. I've had the honor of working with Para-Professionals and Teachers who are extremely dedicated and who have been bitten and hit and spit on etc. etc. but who come to work with positive attitudes and amazing committment each day. And while none of them are perfect and they are human, I've personally seen students' lives transformed by some of these educators.
What I really disliked about the book is the way "Mr. Rick" makes himself out to be the only person in at least two school scenerios who seems to have any compassion. He also seems to be the only one who can rescue kids from danger, death or any apparent or unapparent need. I feel that he paints an unrealistically "perfect" portrait of himself, and I would bargain that in at least some of those situations there are other sides to the stories that won't be heard.
Again, I applaud the author for speaking out for those who can't speak for themselves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kat on May 10, 2012
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If there is one book that every parent with a child with special needs must read, this is it.
It will forever change the way you see your child's world. It will make you a better parent, a better advocate and most importantly, it will open your eyes to a very harsh reality of the school system.
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I rated this book with 4 stars, though I have a mixed reaction. As a special needs educator myself, I have known and loved and also lost some precious students I've had the honor of working with over the years. I must commend Richard Stripp for his boldness in speaking out against wrongful practices and for his personal self sacrifices. However, at the same time I feel that his book presents a very narrow and one-sided view of the special education system. While I recognize that there is school personell who do not belong in special education, and that abusive behavior does sometimes occur in our present day schools, I also want to point out that there are many many caring and attentive, hard working people who "go the extra mile" in schools across the contry every day. I've had the honor of working with Para-Professionals and Teachers who are extremely dedicated and who have been bitten and hit and spit on etc. etc. but who come to work with positive attitudes and amazing committment each day. And while none of them are perfect and they are human, I've personally seen students' lives transformed by some of these educators.
What I really disliked about the book is the way "Mr. Rick" makes himself out to be the only person in at least two school scenerios who seems to have any compassion. He also seems to be the only one who can rescue kids from danger, death or any apparent or unapparent need. I feel that he paints an unrealistically "perfect" portrait of himself, and I would bargain that in at least some of those situations there are other sides to the stories that won't be heard.
Again, I applaud the author for speaking out for those who can't speak for themselves.
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