Juvenile Justice Is Not Only Blind, But Deaf

Published by EducationNews.org – Increasingly, the formal legal system has taken responsibility for conflict management out of the hands of ordinary people. Sometimes achieving Justice is as simple as listening until the victim feels heard. Increasingly, the formal legal system has taken responsibility for conflict management out of the hands of ordinary people.  The restorative justice movement is […]

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The First School District to Put Itself Out of Business

Published by EducationNews.org – Nowhere in America has a school system leaped forward so fast.  Apparently, it takes a hurricane to inspire that much responsiveness to kids. In 2003, Louisiana’s state department of education created the Recovery School District (RSD).  New Orleans’s schools were among the worst in the country, so the state asked the RSD […]

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Survival on Urban Mean Streets at Odds with School Success

Published by EducationNews.org – Since 6th grade, she’s been a hair-trigger fighter, as Dad taught her.  But one day early this spring she realized she’d better get with the program. Kaitlyn finds herself in a weird fight with her dad — her beloved dad, I might add.  “I respect him so much.”  But she’s torn between two […]

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Rhode Island Legislates Low Expectations

Published by EducationsNews.org — You would think the RI Legislature would be knocking itself out to back workforce development… but no. Currently, Rhode Island has the highest unemployment in the nation.  As unemployment was falling nationally, RI stayed high even as train-wreck states like Michigan (with the near demise of the auto industry) and Nevada […]

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Restorative Conferencing Changes Rotten Behavior

Published by EducationsNews.org — No one wants kids to be arrested.  But equally horrible is just letting the matter go.  Conferencing offers a third option. The mom and her 15-year-old son are so palpably nervous you can almost see anxiety ions in the air.  He’s committed a seriously foolish act.  He and Mom want to […]

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Seniority and Tenure, the Absence of Human Decision-Making

Published by EducationsNews.org –  The only big surprise regarding the Vergara v. California decision is that it took so long. I first read a teachers contract 20-ish years ago.  A group of parents who were furious about their kids’ schooling had organized an advocacy group.  Of its several subcommittees, I joined the one examining the contract.  […]

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The Inspirational Virtues of Summer Boredom

Published by EducationNews.org – “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker A 2013 review of the literature published by Behavior Sciences concludes that boredom motivates a desire for change, new goals, experiences and pursuits.  “Boredom increases opportunities to attain social, cognitive, emotional and experiential stimulation that could have been missed.”  – On […]

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Juvenile Prison Stats Reveal American Attitudes Towards Kids

Published by EducationNews.org – America’s contempt towards kids who do bad things is unique, internationally. There is no alternative universe where bad kids go and get better.  Period.  Such a place does not exist. Mind you, it’s insane to tolerate classroom or school disruptions, never mind criminal activity among children and youth.  A kid wasting a […]

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Unplugged Elementary Kids and Online Tests Don’t Mix

Published by EducationNews.org – Children need a childhood first, technology much later. Recently I was at a luncheon where a Mom and Grandma minded their two-year-old by plugging him into a propped-up iPad and putting food at his right hand.  He remained inert unless the iPad fell flat or snacks ran out.  But twice in the […]

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Colorado Cuts School Exclusions, Racial Disparities Persist

Published by EducationNews.org – Suspensions are a lazy, useless way to deal with poor social skills. Last year in Colorado, a group called Padres Y Jovenes Unidos (Parents and Youth United) managed to get their Legislature to pass the “Smart School Discipline Law.”  Now schools must, by law, use “restorative justice or other disciplinary policies before resorting […]

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