“In a 2011 study that tracked nearly 1 million schoolchildren over six years, researchers at Texas A&M University found that kids suspended or expelled for minor offenses – from small-time scuffles to using phones or making out – were three times as likely as their peers to have contact with the juvenile justice system within a year of the punishment.  

!!!(Black kids were 31 percent more likely than white or Latino kids to be punished for similar rule violations.)!!!*  Kids with diagnosed behavior problems such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and reactive attachment disorder—in which very young children, often as a result of trauma, are unable to relate appropriately to others—were the most likely to be disciplined.” *Bold added by FB poster/blogger

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“But brains are changeable. Learning and repeated experiences can actually alter the physical structure of the brain, creating new neuronal pathways.”

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“Children can actually reshape their brains when they learn and practice skills.”

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