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To reduce student suspensions, teachers should try being more empathetic

from Science Magazine

From April 28: School suspension rates have nearly tripled in the United States since the 1970s, rising from just 3.7 percent of all students in 1974 to nearly 11 percent in 2011. That's a big deal because missed class means missed learning, and suspensions can predict future unemployment and even incarceration. Now, a new study suggests that even a minor attitude adjustment among teachers can have a dramatic effect on those rates: Math teachers encouraged to be more empathetic saw student suspensions drop by half. Psychologist Jason Okonofua, who led the new study, spent his early years attending public school in Memphis, Tennessee. In 10th grade, his good grades landed him a spot at a prep school in Rhode Island. more


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