As a youth, during three reform school commitments, two abbreviated stays at boys’ ranches, and multitudinous trips to juvenile homes and jails, I saw just about everything the juvenile system had to offer.
As an adult, I would like to see a program instituted that draws from my experiences in the juvenile system: eliminating the negatives, utilizing the positives, and combining these positives with the theories tendered in the first two chapters of Danger Alert! concerning fluid intelligence.
Toward this end, I pledge the earnings from this booklet.
I also pledge the earnings from other creative projects I already have in varying stages of completion, as well as some others that I have planned.
These earnings shall be provided to Ephesians 4:28 Ministries, Inc., the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Lake Worth Beach, Florida that maintains a fund specifically for the purpose of founding and supporting a home, with a school of its own, for troubled yet gifted children. In addition, this home is to sit on a sizeable tract of land in a yet-to-be-determined rural area with the land doubling—as a subordinate project for the children to participate in—as a forest and wildlife preserve. This haven for children and Mother Nature shall be called Roseland.
Utilizing Roseland as a forest and wildlife preserve will serve three primary considerations:
First, there is already a great need in today’s world for conservation.
Second, this need will only increase as time passes. Training these kids to deal with this need will make them more useful to the world they will inherit as adults.
Third, and of the utmost importance to the fundamental cause of helping these kids get their lives turned around, this will also give them something significant and outside of themselves to focus their attention on, providing them with a worthy cause to call their own.
ENDORSEMENTS FOR DANGER ALERT!
I commend the author of Danger Alert! for taking on a topic that few people have studied seriously: troubled youth who are gifted. His decision to write about this special population within a special population is admirable and important.
To me, the central point of this booklet is a cry to identify fluid intelligence and then to direct children and teens with this type of intelligence into socially responsible activities. In this regard, he is right on target.
As to my thoughts on Roseland [Chapter III], this is an educational utopia if there ever were one. I truly believe the author is onto something in stating that troubled kids need more than a place to call home (which Roseland will provide), they also need to feel they are valued and valuable. How does this occur? Exactly as the author stated: by getting them involved in important work. Involving children in the active construction and operation of Roseland and its conservation program is a perfect way to accomplish this goal.
The Roseland project is ambitious; indeed, most life-altering innovations are! I would love to see this idea brought to fruition.
──James R. Delisle, Ph.D.
(Prior to his retirement, Professor Delisle taught four courses at Kent State University, plus 7th-8th grade gifted students one day each week. He also traveled extensively in the United States and abroad giving talks about gifted children.)
Danger Alert! pegs the problem and offers a solution. I wish this material had been available to educators back when I went to school…. The Roseland project [Chapter III] deserves serious consideration.
Christian Brotherhood Outreach
This author speaks from a different position than most [he spent the majority of his life incarcerated], and therefore he is able to see some things that others cannot. Danger Alert!’s concept is very sensible; it would be a valuable tool for educators to use.
──Rev. Peter Lord (retired),
Park Avenue Baptist Church,
Author of The 2959 Plan
After I read Danger Alert! I sat and contemplated all the author had to say. I was overwhelmed by the scope of the plan outlined for the Roseland project [Chapter III]. I will pray that God uses this author (and his ideas) to keep this whole thing going, and that he will be led to someone or a source which can help him bring his vision to fruition.
Retired Athletic Director/Bakersfield College
I have had the opportunity to review Danger Alert! several times and have marinated on its potential. The author has done a great job of capturing a major weakness in our school process: our not taking into account individual differences in students.
Christian Educators Association International
In a part of my mind, I already understood that something along the lines of fluid and crystallized intelligence must exist and influence lives. Danger Alert! put a name and a face to these concepts for me.
──Shawna Stotts, M.S.W.
Danger Alert! is a “must read” for parents, teachers, and those within the mental health profession.
──Linda McCray, M.A., M.S.
I have been involved with a children’s home in Alabama, and an orphanage in Mexico. Danger Alert! offers a different concept for helping children than most of the camps or homes that help kids. It is a good idea, and all great beginnings start with a simple idea.
Danger Alert! makes too much sense to ignore.
──Tangela Dobson, M.Ed.,
Former Senior Juvenile Probation Officer
Every time I read about fluid intelligence, I think back to the many students whose lives might have been changed by the enlightenment in Danger Alert!
Former teacher of Secondary English
Danger Alert! is a “must read” message for parents, teachers, coaches, or any adult interested in helping youth avoid pitfalls and dangerous situations. Reading this booklet has changed my thinking and approach to interacting with kids in my sphere.
Director/Florida Christian Writers Conference
I was so impressed with Danger Alert! that I loaned my copy to a friend who is a teacher. And she lent it to another teacher! I wish every parent and teacher (educator) understood the concepts of crystallized and fluid intelligence.
──Mary M. Frish, M.Ed.,
Career educator, retired, public school and juvenile justice system
Every teacher in our nation needs to read Danger Alert!
──Dava Lee Russell, M.Ed.,
Dava Lee Russell Ministries, Inc.
(Ms. Russell taught in public school for 31 years, grades 7-12. During her last 28 years as an educator, she taught high school English, Spanish, and Bible, working with children from various backgrounds.)
Danger Alert! is an explosive compendium crammed with important and persuasive ideas. Indeed, it is an alert to danger and a handbook on how to defuse a time bomb ticking rapidly in the background of our everyday lives.
──David Scott Milton
(David Scott Milton is a playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. He formerly taught playwriting and screenwriting at the University of Southern California; he also worked with inmates in the California prison system for more than thirteen years.)
The ideas in Danger Alert! are important. Our nation cannot afford to write off so many young people who are growing up in environments that lead them down the wrong path.
Natural Resources Council of America
Danger Alert! makes a lot of sense. It helped me understand my best friend from my teenage years. He did not do well in school, but now he is a multimillionaire. Danger Alert! explains this contrast very well.
Danger Alert! is impressive.
──James Doug McCray,
Member of the Correctional Education Association