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Sunday, January 25, 2015

In school discipline, intervention may work better than punishment

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“After a decade in classrooms, cheering on young people and believing in their progress, David Levine’s faith finally wilted. Three of his top students had walked into the front office at Big Picture High School reeking of marijuana at the precise moment that a donor stopped by with a $1,000 grant for new sound equipment. Years ago, Levine might have recommended suspension for each young woman. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time, went his general thinking, right in line with prevailing American beliefs. But discipline at Big Picture in the Highline School District has changed. In the process, its teachers have, too. Rule breaking is now treated as harm done to a relationship — in this case, that between Levine and his students — rather than a reason to mete out punishment. Instead of sending the three smokers home with a litany of their failings, Levine sat face to face with each, explaining what it felt like to have his trust violated. He read them testimony from other teachers, who spoke of their belief in the young women — how they had a chance to go to college, build a career, leave their difficult family lives behind. By the end of her hourlong conference, 18-year-old Monae Trevino was weeping.”(more)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Arts Educators Say It’s Time To Turn STEM Into STEAM

New Orleans Public Radio – BRIAN R. FRIEDMAN

“It’s a simple equation for many schools today: pressure to improve standardized test scores equals more focus on the stem subjects – science, technology, engineering, and math. And that equals less time for the arts. But research is showing there may be some flaws in that formula. “So many people think the arts is just fluff, it doesn’t really help you out,” said Jacques Rodrigue, executive director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. “When actually what the research shows is that when you integrate the arts into stem and make it steam, the students actually engage with the material more.” Students with an arts integrated education have been shown to score higher on tests and to have fewer discipline problems.”(more)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, tossing ‘bad’ kids harms ‘good’ ones, too

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“Traditionally, the thinking around school discipline has proceeded along these lines: Suspend a disruptive kid and, though that student may suffer academically, the rest of the class benefits. But two Midwestern researchers have a new study suggesting that this thinking may be flawed. They tracked a Kentucky school district over three years and found that high levels of exclusionary discipline – that is, suspensions — actually harmed math and reading scores for all kids, even those who were never tossed.”(more)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Research shows black students punished more severely. Why don’t schools believe it and fix it?

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“During the 2011-2012 school year, according to a report we here at Georgia Legal Services Program compiled using district data, African-American students represented 37 percent of all students but made up 54 percent of students who received in-school suspension, 66 percent of students who received out-of-school suspension, and 50 percent of students expelled.”(more)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Students caught skipping school face driver’s license suspension starting Jan. 1

The Las Vegas Sun – Cy Ryan

“CARSON CITY –In Clark County, more than 120,000 students were reported truant during the 2013-14 school year. Now a statewide law will aim to reduce those numbers. Teens who continually skip school will face delay or suspension of their driver’s license, under a new law that becomes effective Jan. 1.”(more)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Race in school discipline: Study looks at silence among educators

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“Minority students, particularly boys, tend to face far harsher punishments, even at young ages, for the same infractions that non-minority students commit. A new study examines educators’ reluctance to talk about the ways they might view students differently.”(more)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: ‘Circle Up!’

NPR – Eric Westervelt

“One by one, in a room just off the gym floor at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif., seventh-graders go on the interview hot seat. Some 80 students have applied to be “peer leaders” in the school’s new, alternative discipline program called “restorative justice.”…This school and the Oakland Unified School District are at the forefront of a new approach to school misconduct and discipline. Instead of suspending or expelling students who get into fights or act out, restorative justice seeks to resolve conflicts and build school community through talking and group dialogue.”(more)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Using discipline to help kids feel better about school, not worse

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“Schools nationwide are facing the hard-to-refute fact that using suspension to discipline students doesn’t do much to improve their behavior — and may make it worse.”(more)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Student discipline has results, and that’s the problem

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“In “Breaking Schools’ Rules,” researchers with the Council of State Governments tracked nearly 1 million Texas kids for six years, from seventh through 12th grade, trying to find out what happens to those who get suspended.”(more)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rise of Twitter and Facebook ‘makes it impossible for parents to send naughty children to their bedroom’

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“Parents can no longer punish naughty children by sending them to their bedroom because of the rise of Twitter and Facebook, according to a leading private school headmistress.”(more)