Tough Love Is Real Love
You might think that living in Hawaii and working with kids all day sounds like Paradise. But the reality of working as a middle school counselor, servicing kids in a low-income neighborhood, is very different. Told as the story of a typical working day, Hawaiian Sunrise to Sunset gives an inspiring, eye-opening, and sobering view into the life of a man who has dedicated all his resources to making children's lives better. Randall Ng's students run the gamut from gifted to gang members; from at-risk to motivated; from safe in loving families to abused by parents and caregivers. Randall knows that to make a difference in the lives of these kids, he has to go above and beyond the call of duty, and he has to think outside the box. Randall transcends the typical role of school counselor, as he visits students at home, confronts them and their parents with the truth, finds wildly creative solutions to problems with no easy answer, and steps in as a father figure to children who have never known a reliable and caring authority. Surprising, shocking, fascinating, and ultimately deeply redemptive, this book shows you what tough love looks like, and what it can accomplish in the lives of children at risk.
About the Author:
Randall Ng worked in the Hawaii State Department of Education for over 33 years as a classroom teacher, and as a campus, outreach, and grade level counselor. He has a bachelor's degree in history from Texas A&M University, with a minor in political science. In 1967, he graduated from University of Hawaii with a professional teacher's certificate in secondary education. Awards and recognition during Mr. Ng's career have included the 2005 Hawaii State Teacher Association's "Friend of Youth" award, and a 2002 award from the Hawaii State Senate for his counseling department's efforts to promote a safe, healthy, and drug-free lifestyle among his school's students.
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 30, 2011)
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