Time to Suspend Zero-Tolerance School Discipline

Los Angeles Has Tried Get-Tough Approaches Toward Classroom Misbehavior. What Might Work Better?

The way discipline is enforced in American schools is changing quickly, explained Beth Shuster, Los Angeles Times education editor, at an event co-presented by the California Endowment. Zero-tolerance policies—which mandate suspensions and expulsions for a wide range of infractions—are being replaced by “restorative justice” programs that encourage student responsibility and empathy. But there’s still a long way to go. Black boys are three times more likely than their white peers to be suspended or expelled. The state of California issues more suspensions than diplomas each year. And the correlation between …

Elementary School Educator Daniela Robles

The Art of Finding the Right Book for the Right Kid

Longtime educator Daniela Robles is an instructional coach at Griffith Elementary School in Phoenix’s Balsz School District. Before participating in a panel on why Arizona schools are failing third graders …

The Undergraduate Education That Drags On and On and On

You Can Enroll at California State University. But When Can You Graduate?

How long should it take a good student to earn a four-year college degree? The answer once seemed obvious to me: four years. But that was until I started teaching …

Math Teacher Sarah Armstrong

Who Says I Get Summers Off?!

Sarah Armstrong is a longtime math teacher in Orange County. Before participating in a panel on the role of algebra in the classroom and the world, she sat down in …

An Education Budget With No Class

As the School Year Gets Shorter, I Teach My Students Less and Less

As summer vacation wanes, I begin printing out blank calendar pages, August through June–one set for my sophomore English honors classes, another set for my print and broadcast journalism classes. …