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Shaming students is keeping schools from teaching them

from The Brookings Institution

Every student at Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood, Arizona, is now required to wear color-coded ID badges. In the past, red badges denoted a student's rank as an underclassman. Juniors and seniors wore gray badges. Beyond distinguishing between older and younger students, color coding provided a sense of progression, rank and seniority. However, last year the school decided to take a different direction in categorizing students. Mingus Union forced academically underperforming students to carry a red badge — a virtual scarlet letter — to set them apart from the rest of their peers. more

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