Hidden Trauma: PTSD in boys and men of color often goes undiagnosed and untreated.
It was the first time I had ever heard that word. I didn’t know how to react. I had many questions. Should I be upset? Could I call the white student the n-word too? Who invented this word? Do adults use the word?
In the book Burning Down the House, author and journalist Nell Bernstein discusses the unfairness and harm done by childhood incarceration. Throughout the book, she talks with young people involved in system, exploring how it has impacted their development; and that’s what she did in-person at Youth Radio earlier this month.
Students in a classroom pick up their chairs and move them into a circle. As they settle down, the teacher, Jorge López, asks bluntly, “What is sucking the life out of you?” One by one, the students begin sharing their stories.
PICTURE THIS: A courtroom taken over by youth filling important roles — like the bailiff, clerks, and lawyers — except…
Take a second to imagine a different type of school environment. One where teachers and students come together to create a positive solution where both sides can benefit. Well, students in Long Beach are one step closer to that reality.
School policing isn’t a new topic but since the Connecticut school shooting, administrators and school officials have been pushing for even more police presence in schools.
I remember the first student I ever suspended. He was 13 years old. It started off as a minimal disruption. He was stealing pencils from other students at his table. That turned into breaking pencils. Then, stealing homework.
I’ve been out of the classroom for three years now, and for the past year, I’ve been following teachers, students and school districts, trying to understand the latest research on school suspension and its effects down the line.
Suspending and expelling students has become commonplace in many states including California. Recent records show more than 700,000 students suspended and 18,000…