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Schools can — and should — teach more than discipline

The Seattle Times – Jerry Large

“Dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline doesn’t require more information or analysis. It requires a will to change strong enough to produce sustained, effective action. Someone said that the other night at a meeting about the pipeline. And a lot of people said what a lot of people have been saying for a very long time, the gist being don’t criminalize kids, educate them. Well, maybe it takes repetition to sink in deep enough to matter. Here’s a definition of the pipeline: “ … the policies and practices that push our nation’s schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.” That’s from the American Civil Liberties Union, one of numerous organizations working nationally to fix what’s wrong. Schools went along with the tough-on-crime, no-tolerance attitude that swept politics and the criminal-justice system in the 1980s. The result has been a huge increase in the number of children suspended or expelled, often for classroom behavior that could be dealt with productively if it were treated as a teaching opportunity.”(more)

UAE to host global knowledge economy summit

Trade Arabia News – Staff Writer

“The world’s leaders of education and academics will gather in Dubai with government ministers and business leaders from more than seventy countries to discuss the role of higher education and skills in developing global knowledge economies.”(more)

Finnish school for United Arab Emirates kids

Yle Uutiset – Staff Writer

“Finland is carving out a lucrative niche in education export. Today the United Arab Emirates is one of several countries looking to emulate the Finnish school system’s international success.”(more)