Today in The Conversation Canada, Jane E. Sanders of King’s University College, Western University, Andrea Joseph-McCatty of University of Tennessee and Michael Massey of Catholic University of America write about how schools’ disproportionate application of school discipline for Black and Indigenous students remains a significant concern.

So does the fact that due to systemic inequities, trauma and adversity also disproportionately affects Black and Indigenous students.

Their research has found that scant research exists about the relationship between adversity or trauma and school discipline – including research that acknowledges racism and poverty as forms of adversity.

“Context matters when studying school discipline,” they write. “It is important that researchers collaborating with educators and communities generate Canadian-based knowledge to guide policy and practice.”

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All the best.

Susannah Schmidt

Education + Arts Editor

Students’ lockers are seen an elementary school in Toronto on Jan. 9, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Trauma-informed approaches to discipline matter for equitable and safe schooling

Jane E. Sanders, Western University; Andrea Joseph-McCatty, University of Tennessee; Michael Massey, Catholic University of America

Additional research and attention is needed — particularly in Canada — to provide schools with evidence-based, trauma-informed and culturally attuned approaches to school discipline.

Schools of jackfish pictured in the ocean off Losin, Thailand. Overfishing is a contributing factor in global climate change. (Shutterstock)

8 ways that stopping overfishing will promote biodiversity and help address climate change

Rashid Sumaila, University of British Columbia

Recent research shows how reducing overfishing is both an ecological imperative and a critical means to addressing climate change.

Almost every website — both for-profit and not-for-profit — commodifies user data. (Shutterstock)

To protect user privacy online, governments need to reconsider their use of opt-in policies

Raymond A. Patterson, University of Calgary; Hooman Hidaji, University of Calgary; Niam Yaraghi, University of Miami; Ram Gopal, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick; Sule Nur Kutlu, University of Calgary

New research shows that opt-in policies may not be as effective as intended when it comes to data protection and privacy regulations.

In this photo released by Sputnik news agency on Feb. 9, 2024, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson at the Kremlin in Moscow. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Vladimir Putin justifies his imperial aims in Tucker Carlson interview

David Roger Marples, University of Alberta

Why is there such a Russian focus on the Second World War? Because it’s used to justify authoritarian states, the rule of dictators like Putin and Belarus’s Alexander Lukashenko.

Burnt-out cars after a Russian attack on a residential neighbourhood in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Feb. 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Yevhen Titov)

Domestic and international developments risk undermining Ukraine in a critical year

James Horncastle, Simon Fraser University

With the Ukraine-Russia war entering its third year, Ukraine’s supporters must provide the right aid to the country and domestic politics cannot undermine the urgent needs of the country’s military.

La Conversation Canada

The birth of children results in large earnings losses that are not equally distributed within heterosexual couples. (Shutterstock)

Les revenus des femmes diminuent après la naissance d’un enfant. Voici pourquoi

Marie Connolly, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM); Catherine Haeck, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Avoir des enfants a un impact négatif sur les revenus des femmes, ce qui n’est pas le cas chez les hommes. Les effets peuvent être durables et contribuer à l’écart de rémunération entre les deux sexes.


Environment + Energy