A new study found that teachers who approached students with a empathetic mindset were less likely to give out suspensions.
A little bit of empathy can go a long way.
Students who get suspended from school are more likely to later drop out and face jail time. By making students stay home, school suspensions — which disproportionately impact students of color — sometimes push kids out of school and into the criminal justice system.
But there are easy ways for teachers to reduce their reliance on this punishment. A few researchers from Stanford University found that when teachers are reminded to approach students
with an empathic mindset, rates of school suspensions go down.