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Are grading trends hurting socially awkward kids?

from The Atlantic

Children have long been graded not just for academics, but also for elements of "character" — particularly behavior and emotional maturity. However, in the last few decades, socially eccentric children have seen their awkwardness or aloofness factored into their grades in math, language arts and social studies. Ironically, this trend has coincided with a rise in diagnoses of autistic spectrum disorders. For children on the autism spectrum, new social studies curricula pose a particular challenge. Once restricted to readings, worksheets and essays on history, government and politics, the subject increasingly requires students to reflect on their connections within their local communities. more


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