The Key To Reducing School Suspensions? Treat Kids With Empathy, Says Study: Here’s one way to help kids stay in school.

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.


Rebecca Klein