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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)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Rethinking School Discipline for Better Opportunities

The Huffington Post – Kavitha Mediratta

“All young people should have the opportunity to succeed. It’s a fundamentally American argument, and also the core value of the initiative that President Obama launched this week to help expand opportunities for boys and young men of color.”(more)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Students Who Lose Recess Are the Ones Who Need It Most

The New York Times – Jessica Lahey

“Despite overwhelming evidence that periods of unstructured play and social interaction are a crucial part of children’s cognitive, academic, physical and mental wellness, schools continue to take away recess privileges as a penalty for academic or behavioral transgressions.”(more)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

S.F. schools move away from suspensions

The San Francisco Chronicle – Jill Tucker

“Like a firm rap on the knuckles with a ruler or a backside paddling, suspending students for bad behavior is increasingly becoming passe in public schools across California and the nation.”(more)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Homework for Learning

The Herald – Elizabeth Mroz

““How important is homework?”…Homework has three purposes: practice, preparation, and extension…Homework serves as an intellectual discipline, providing time for independent thinking rather than the thinking the teacher directed in class. It enables children to think on their own in a way that is natural for them.”(more)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

School discipline: New US guidelines shift away from zero-tolerance policies (+video)

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“The school discipline guidelines are a response to a growing body of statistics showing both the costs of harsh disciplinary policies and the frequent inequities in how they’re applied.”(more)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

U.S. Criticizes Zero-Tolerance Policies in Schools

The New York Times – Motoko Rich

“The Obama administration issued guidelines on Wednesday that recommended public school officials use law enforcement only as a last resort for disciplining students, a response to a rise in zero-tolerance policies that have disproportionately increased the number of arrests, suspensions and expulsions of minority students for even minor, nonviolent offenses.”(more)