How relevant is parent engagement in school events to the “quiet revolution” in school discipline?

“In the past five years, 27 states have revised their laws with the intention of reducing suspensions and expulsions. And, more than 50 of America’s largest school districts have also reformed their discipline policies – changes which collectively affect more than 6.35 million students.” NPR (2017) called it a “quiet revolution in school discipline.” Some

How relevant is demographic change to disciplinary issues in public schools?

“Classrooms today look much different than they did even just a couple decades ago. The number of students of color enrolled in public schools … has increased, and they’re expected to be the majority of high school graduates by 2025.” This type of report is heard constantly nowadays. Racial diversity of student population certainly challenges

Expel, suspend, or prevent: What do data say about “violence things” in school?

“My perfect school would have everything except violence things.” This eloquent and succinct remark was made by an elementary school student (quoted by a study in 1998). School discipline is not a new topic, but school violence seems to be escalating in the 21st century. In 1940, the top school disciplinary problems ranked by teachers

Some takeaways about the U.S. education from 2017

Ed Week recently published an article that highlighted 10 different education statistics from data reports that were released in 2017. The article provided a broad overview of different data that was collected relating to various aspects of education policies. My aim is to highlight three of the data points mentioned in the article and explain

PDK Poll: Public school parents highlight value of interpersonal skills, career preparation

The 49th Annual PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, released last week, highlights a shift in public opinion away from standard measures of school quality based solely on academic achievement. Instead, today’s parents favor alternate measures—including instruction in skills like cooperation, respect, and problem solving—that reflect the changing role of the