The U.S. Formula for Children and the Choices We Refuse to Make

radical eyes for equity

The formula for children in the U.S. can be summed up in one word, I think: “harsh.” And the response we should have to this formula is “inexcusable.”

Let’s consider the U.S. formula for children:

  • Corporal punishment—persists in 19 states in the U.S.
  • Medication—ADHD diagnoses and medications have risen in the U.S. during the same 30-year period as the current accountability era in education.
  • Grade retention—one of the most popular forms of reading policy in the U.S. is retaining children in 3rd grade based on one high-stakes testing, despite 40 years of research about the overwhelming negative impact of grade retention.
  • Testing, more testing, and even more testing—over the past thirty years, U.S. schools have increased dramatically both the time spent testing, the time spent on test-prep, the funding spent on testing, the funding spent on test-prep materials, and the consequences of high-stakes testing.
  • Segregation by…

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