The Atlantic: Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School

JESSICA LAHEY writes:

Instead, help them channel their energy into productive tasks.

classroomThis year’s end-of-year paper purge in my middle school office revealed a startling pattern in my teaching practices: I discipline boys far more often than I discipline girls. Flipping through the pink and yellow slips–my school’s system for communicating errant behavior to students, advisors, and parents–I found that I gave out nearly twice as many of these warnings to boys than I did to girls, and of the slips I handed out to boys, all but one was for disruptive classroom behavior.

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