Wednesday, September 15, 2010

middle school experiences crucial to success in High School?

and here's the New York Times version of the story.

At Kathleen Cecil's memorial service on August 30th, several of her students testified to Kathleen's stubborn believe in their abilities in spite of their negative attitudes about themselves upon entering 9th grade. (e.g., "I was determined not to do what she wanted me to do."). Invariably, these students of color implicitly attributed their negative attitude towards teachers and school to their middle school experiences. When I asked a parent of a former middle school student about this, she said, by the time black students get to high school, "they are fed up." I think the suspension rate is only the tip of the iceberg....we must look deeper.

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