Back-to-school season is a time of excitement and optimism. But for some children and families, it’s also a time of fear: How long before the phone calls start? “Please come pick up your child. He’s having a hard day” or “We need to talk about whether there are places that could better meet her needs.” Unfortunately, across Washington and the country, these types of phone calls disproportionately occur for families of color, particularly boys of color. According to 2015 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, for example, African-American and Hispanic students in Seattle Public Schools accounted for 55.8 percent of out-of-school suspensions and 100 percent of expulsions — despite representing only about one quarter of the school district’s population. To put these data into perspective, suspensions kept African-American students out of Seattle Public Schools for 5,107 days in 2015. From kindergarten, … [Read more...] about End discriminatory discipline and keep kids in school, learning
Importance of discipline in school
The time is here. Summer is over, and the buses are warming up for school. If you believe that success in school usually leads to a better life for kids (and most parents do!), then it’s time to get a more precise strategy for managing the daily routines. Too often those critical daily routines, that produce the ‘Habits of Success’ for children, are left up to chance. Certainly, most of us do our best, but that ‘best’ is based upon our own experiences and often involves little attention to the science of how we can create and sustain healthy, disciplined habits over time. Good Habits vs Bad HabitsAnd please be clear: this is the magic! Bad habits overwhelming create obstacle after obstacle for your kids. Good habits tend to open doors, create readiness for opportunity and bring your children to class prepared and ready to thrive. Thus, it’s important to look at this year differently. Rather than thinking of how to get through each day … [Read more...] about Dr. Randy Cale’s Terrific Parenting: How to Establish the Habits of Success in Your Home Starting Today!
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page August 13, 2018 Diversity doesn’t cure failing schools The recent Boston Globe article discussing racial segregation in Boston Public Schools (“Boston schools are becoming resegregated,” Page A1, Aug. 5) placed the issue of race front and center in the conversation regarding equity across the city. But the article oversimplifies the problem. Dispersing white students across schools that are largely black and Latino increases diversity but fails to get at the urgent need to improve schools that are underperforming.In a follow-up story (“Some fear segregated schools will divide city,” Page A1, Aug. 6), the Globe used the example of Winship Elementary School, noting its increased racial diversity and quoting parents who are pleased to have their children attend a racially diverse school. The article fails, however, to note the school’s … [Read more...] about Facing the issue of resegregation of Boston Public Schools
Laura Meckler, The Washington Post Published 5:23 pm PDT, Monday, July 30, 2018 Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post, The Washington Post Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at the White House last month. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at the White House last month. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post, The Washington Post Under DeVos, agency takes a sharp shift in approach to enforcing civil rights in schools 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - A few months into the Trump administration, the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights circulated a memo to agency investigators. They were no longer required to consider "systemic" bias when presented … [Read more...] about Under DeVos, agency takes a sharp shift in approach to enforcing civil rights in schools