Airing: May 27, 2017

Coming Up: Degrees of Separation–Secondary

We examine how inequality is at work in the high-stakes world of high school, from who we discipline, to the way we sort students. Brian Daugherity (Virginia Commonwealth University) describes how white resistance to integration produced new forms of segregation. And: Derek Black (University of South Carolina) has brought legal action against school districts who use ability grouping to segregate students. Plus: Jo Boaler (Stanford University) says if there’s one place we shouldn’t group students, it’s in the math classroom. Her techniques show massive benefits when students of different strengths share a common classroom.

Later in the show: Black students are disciplined more often and with greater consequences than their white peers. Jason Okonofua (University of California-Berkeley) is working to improve teacher empathy and dramatically cut suspension rates. And: The Holistic Life Foundation in Baltimore uses mindfulness training for students and teachers to reduce conflict in classrooms.

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