What We’re Reading This Week: September 6, 2019

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

Do Distressed Students Have a Right to Trauma-Sensitive Schooling? 

Education Week 

“Students and their fellow plaintiffs are at the center of three ongoing test lawsuits that argue schools have a responsibility to consider and mitigate the effects of trauma on learning. The outcomes of these lawsuits could have ramifications for schools nationwide as evidence grows on the negative effects that traumatic events can have on children's learning and well-being.” 


Lock-Ins and Walkouts: The Students Changing City Schools From the Inside 

The New York Times 

“A new crop of student groups, led by highly organized teenagers who have staged major rallies and protests, have helped define a swirling citywide debate about how race and class exclude vulnerable students from accessing all city schools have to offer.” 


The Algorithms That Detect Hate Speech Online Are Biased Against Black People 


“You can have the most sophisticated neural network model, but the data is biased because humans are deciding what’s hate speech and what’s not.” 


Police and Punitive Policies Make Schools Less Safe, Especially for Minority Students 

The Washington Post 

“Individual teachers and principals cannot independently change the law, but they can reflect on how their daily interactions with students can mitigate or perpetuate structural forms of racism. Policymakers must also pay attention to how well-intentioned reforms in the past have harmed black students.” 


‘You Understand That You Might Have to Shoot a Student?’ 

The Washington Post 

“Year by year and shooting by shooting, the question of how to keep students safe was reflected in the phone calls [Superintendent Kyle Newton] would get from parents wondering what was being done. But it really was after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in 2018 that the pressure to act, rather than react, intensified.”