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Preschool Suspensions Alarm Appropriators

Early Childhood


Mental health consultant Wendy Jones is trying to explain how a 3-year-old child gets expelled from a preschool school class, and it’s taking a long time.

Her explanation includes cultural differences and parental struggles in the family that place pressures on children, seeping into their psyche and coming out as bad behavior. It also involves teachers who lack consistent supports and are more concerned with starting the day’s lesson than exploring why four boys in her classroom described their feelings that morning as “mad,” “sad,” “angry,” and “upset.”

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