NYC school chancellor: Seventh grade matters. A lot
from WYNC (commentary)
Walk into a middle school and it may feel like you've stepped into a foreign land, a world where young people are self-consumed, where a minor situation to an adult feels huge and devastating to a student trying to find her bearings at school and in the larger world. Remember what it was like? Adapting to new ways of learning in subject-specific classrooms, feeling self-conscious about physical changes. Peers and friendships rose in importance. Parental relationships were tested. It hasn’t changed much.
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