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Raising Ollie : how my nonbinary art-nerd kid changed (nearly) everything I know  Cover Image Book Book

Raising Ollie : how my nonbinary art-nerd kid changed (nearly) everything I know / Tom Rademacher.

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  • ISBN: 9781517911737
  • ISBN: 1517911737
  • Physical Description: 1 volume : illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2021]

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Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: The many stories of Olive -- April: School trouble -- May: The music teacher -- June: Looking for a new school -- July: In Denver -- August: Open houses and kids like me -- September: The year starts -- October: The infamous C-word conference -- November: Art and weirdos -- December: Anxiety time -- January: What do we do with smart kids -- February: So white -- March: Lemonade, Mountain Dew, meth -- April: Sex ed -- May: Student activism -- June: The most right thing.
Summary, etc.:
Ollie, a funny, anxious, smart kid with a thing for choir and an eye for graphic art, was gravely underchallenged and also struggling with identity and how to live totally as themselves. Ollie begged to switch to a new school with “kids like me,” where they wouldn’t feel so alone, or so bored, and so they made the change. Raising Ollie is dad Tom Rademacher’s story (really, many stories) of that eventful and sometimes painful school year, parenting Ollie and relearning every day what it means to be a father and teacher. As Ollie—who is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, and prefers art to athletics, vegetables to cake, and animals to most humans—flourishes in their new school, Rademacher is making an eye-opening adjustment to a new school of his own, one that’s whiter and more suburban than anywhere he has previously taught, with a history of racial tension that he tries to address and navigate. And with this story of one anything-but-academic year of inquiry and wonder, doubt and revelation, he shows us how raising a kid changes everything—and how much raising a kid like Ollie can teach us about who we are and what we’re doing in the world. Provided by publisher.
Subject: Rademacher, Tom, 1981-
Rademacher, Tom, 1981- > Family.
Teachers > United States > Biography.
Parents of gifted children > United States > Biography.
Parents of gender-nonconforming children > United States > Biography.
Gifted children > Education > United States.
Gender-nonconforming children > Education > United States.
Anti-racism > Study and teaching (Middle school) > Minnesota > Minneapolis.
Racism in education > Minnesota > Minneapolis.
Social justice and education > Minnesota > Minneapolis.
Rademacher, Tom, 1981-
Gifted children > Education.
Parents of gifted children.
Racism in education.
Social justice and education.
Minnesota > Minneapolis.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.

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