In Sit Down and Shut Up, Cinque Henderson recalls his year as a substitute teacher at high-poverty schools in the Los Angeles area. “Discipline can set students free,” he argues.
On his first day in the classroom, Henderson was cursed and threatened by one of his students. He called a monitor to escort the student to the office. He was back within five minutes with a note saying, “OK to return to class.”
Henderson blames the legacy of racism, fatherless ness, traumatic experiences and “the false promise of meritocracy” for classroom chaos.
Henderson rejects the cliches about kids’…
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