The state’s largest teachers’ union would like Minnesota school districts to do away with suspension and expulsion and instead train educators in trauma-sensitive approaches and restorative practices. Kim Davidson is a teacher in Crookston and says one of her student’s parents was recently released from jail and the other overdosed on drugs…
“And her words to me was Mrs. Davidson sometimes I’m just so tired because I don’t sleep at night because sometimes I have worries — really big worries.”
She says “to expect seven and eight year olds come into my classroom without having some kind of tools to help them deal with those and the anger — the stress levels that their feeling is setting the kids up for failure.”
Davidson says punishing toxic stress by suspension or expulsion doesn’t address underlying issues.
Full length interview with Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota and Crookston teacher Kim Davidson: