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We need to rethink discipline in schools


For many Black children, their first encounter with the discrimination that will trail them their whole lives comes from the school system — a system where they are five times more likely to attend a segregated school than their white counterparts. This early exposure to segregation is one of many possible factors contributing to what’s known as the racial achievement gap — the gap between Black and white students’ test scores. Education experts have looked to a number of factors as root causes of the gap: family income, single parenthood, school resources. Another is the disparities in school discipline. In today’s episode of The Weeds, we dig into school discipline and the achievement gap with Francis Pearman of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.

Read more:

Discrimination everywhere | Vox and Capital B

Abbott Elementary Recap: Janine and Gregory Sitting in a Tree | Vulture

Excerpt: Collective Racial Bias and the Black-White Test Score Gap

Schools are still segregated, and Black children are paying a price | Economic Policy Institute 

Full study: Collective Racial Bias and the Black-White Test Score Gap | SpringerLink  

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