Advocating for children and teachers, If A Tree Falls gives vivid and memorable depictions of what many classrooms in the United States truly look like inside. The author’s opinions will demand conversation about solutions and engage the educational community in developing reforms specific to the needs of their population. After reading this book, you will never see eduction the way you did before.
The world of science and philosophy often clash when it comes to the question: “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” First, sound is defined as the reverberation of waves that when reaching the ear drum create a sensation we call sound. The waves themselves do not require human or animal ears to exist. They are present due to the fact the tree fell. However, if no one hears it can you prove it happened? If a child says he is going to kill other students and no one listens, did he say it? If a person is abusive to someone and the victim does not acknowledge being a victim, was it abuse? If a protective agency investigates a family and there is no visible evidence to further the investigation, does that mean there is no problem?
Alison has a Bachelor's degree in special education (K-12) and has a Master's degree in Montessori education. She has worked in private and public schools for 14 years in a variety of socio-economic areas and grade levels. Happily married for 15 years, Alison has two daughters who are the inspiration for improving the world we live in. She has resided in Cincinnati, Ohio her entire life hopes that her advocacy work will be successful for both the students and teachers who work tirelessly every day.