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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Schools Must Abandon Zero-Tolerance Discipline

Education Week – Kavitha Mediratta

“By helping principals and teachers address the underlying causes of misconduct—and giving them options other than suspension and expulsion—forward-thinking school districts across the nation are demonstrating how positive discipline can improve educational outcomes.” (more)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Approaches To Discipline Strive to Keep Kids Out of Jail

NPR – Staff Writer

“School’s out for the summer. For young people in New York City, if last summer was any guide, that may mean they’re less likely to be arrested.” (more)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Study: Prevent Bad Behavior in Schools, Don’t Punish It

Education News – Grace Smith

“The Council of State Governments Justice Center released a nationwide study yesterday entitled The School Discipline Consensus Report that suggests that school officials focus on improving the learning environment rather than spending so much time dwelling on how to react to bad behavior.”(more)

Juvenile Prison Stats Reveal American Attitudes Towards Kids

Education News – Julia Steiny

“But why is the most frequent solution kicking kids out? Alternatives can be found. But overwhelmingly, American schools and its judicial system remove little rotters from their classrooms, or from the families and communities that raised them, and warehouse them in behavior-disordered classrooms, boot camps, alternative schools or juvenile prisons. There, they get worse.”(more)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

L.A. Unified suspension rates fall but some question figures’ accuracy

The L.A. Times – Teresa Watanabe

“In the heart of Watts, where violence in nearby housing projects can spill over onto campuses, two of the city’s toughest middle schools have long dealt with fights, drugs and even weapons.”(more)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Severe punishments for minority students see little change

The Denver Post – Zahria Torres

“Brandon Vigil was charged with vandalism for writing on a bathroom wall in fifth grade, a childhood mistake he said will haunt him as he plans for college and prepares for a career as a police officer.”(more)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Better Way to Say Sorry

cuppacocoa – JoEllen

““Say sorry to your brother.” “But he’s the one who–” “Say it!” you insist, an edge of warning in your voice…This scenario might sound all too familiar…It’s easy to see how it isn’t always that effective…But what alternative do you have? It’s not like you can force a genuine apology and repentant heart out of him, right? Actually, you can. It’s not 100%, but it’s a lot more % than the scenario you read above…Try it on your own kids sometime…you won’t be sorry!”(more)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Racial gap in discipline found in preschool, US data show

The Christian Science Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“Amid growing concern about inequities in school discipline, data show that black children – 18 percent of total preschool enrollment in 2011-2012 – made up 48 percent of those suspended more than once.”(more)

Friday, March 14, 2014

When school discipline is unfair: four ways to do better

The Christian Science Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“A new set of reports dives deep into the complex causes of inequities in school discipline and offers details on what schools can do to create a climate that is both orderly and fair.”(more)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

‘Discipline reform’ is in Obama program to help young men. What’s that mean?

The Christian Science Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“When President Obama announced “My Brother’s Keeper” Thursday, he identified school discipline reform as one key to supporting the success of young men of color.”(more)