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What We’re Reading This Week: February 8, 2019

A weekly sampling of articles, blogs and reports relevant to TT educators.

Active-Shooter Drills Are Tragically Misguided  

The Atlantic 

“How misguided to take young brains already bathed in stress hormones and train them to fear low-probability events such as mass shootings—and how little most of us think about what we’re doing.”

 
 
Restorative Practices May Not Be the Solution, But Neither Are Suspensions 

The Conversation 

“Changing practice and finding effective interventions in the field of education is hard work. Instead of settling for suspensions, I believe this is the time when states and local school districts should double down on trying innovative alternative approaches to discipline.”

 
 
Denver Teachers to Strike Over Merit-Pay System 

Education Week

“The district, which had asked the state to intervene in the labor dispute to no avail, has pledged to keep schools open during the strike. Both sides have said they remain committed to bargaining.”

 
 
How Teachers Are Helping Students Affected by Deportations 

The Hechinger Report

“Feeling a moral and ethical duty to help—yet uncertain how far their legal rights allow them to go—teachers are turning to nonprofit immigration law offices, training by education experts, and their own initiative to educate themselves.”

 
 
The Gay History of America’s Classic Children’s Books 

The New York Times

“At a time when those writers wouldn’t dare … walk hand in hand with a lover … they won Caldecott and Newbery Medals for books that, without ever directly speaking their truth, sent it out in a secret language that was somehow accessible to those who needed to receive it. And not just to them.”