Early School Interventions Can Reduce the Need for Disciplinary Actions With Young Black Males

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According to a new study led by researchers at Stanford University, brief exercises that address middle school students’ worries about belonging can help young Black and Latino males develop better relationships with teachers and sharply reduce their risk of being disciplined years into the future. “When students and teachers both begin school aware of negative stereotypes that label boys of color troublemakers, small initial differences can compound,” said Gregory Walton, an associate professor of psychology at Stanford. “A small initial misbehavior can be seen as more s...

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