The book [Wounded by School] has special relevance for me currently since my school is undergoing some growing pains as we question some key aspects of our vision. Some of the features that were established when the school was founded last year have been challenging and some people openly favor minimizing or even eliminating them. We are in the middle of clarifying our discipline policy and need to commit to whether our approach is going to be more punitive or more restorative. Similarly, as we build our master schedule for next year, some are questioning whether to minimize advisory or other intervention periods. Wounded by School was important to me for articulating why such social-emotional and supportive components are essential and must be preserved. The section on technology use was also a powerful warning to school leaders who end up on the wrong side of history by closing the door to technology by imposing more and more restrictions. — Educator
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