When the Department of Education released a study last March submitting that black students were on the receiving end of the harshest discipline in America’s public schools, it was hardly a revelation for most educators who work with this particular student population.
For decades, as a teacher and school administrator, I have borne witness to troubling behavior on behalf of African American kids in schools. Therefore, not only did I agree with the study’s findings, I advocated for even stricter discipline measures.
The study seemed to only confirm what many have known for years. The disrespectful, confrontational behavior of our students in school must be addressed.
But that is only part of the story. (Washington Post)