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Self-esteem: A Gift, Or A Reward?

There is general impression that kids these days are rewarded for everything, trophies are just handed to them. They receive praise without substance. Except this is not necessarily bad, according to author Alfie Kohn, who wrote a recent article in the New York Times.

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The Link Between Suspension And Dropout

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.

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