Hello, all. Just curious on how you feel about this question. I'm immersed in a research paper for grad school about teacher and parent perceptions of African American male students and how that plays into their academic success. I've found dozens of studies which all indicate that this is the demographic most likely to track into special ed, receive discipline, be held to lower standards, etc. One study even suggested that black parents lowered expectations for their sons after Kindergarten while maintaining them for their daughters! :huh: There seems to be a lot of lacking social-emotional skills that contribute to unacceptable behavior in the classroom. How do you handle this? Whose responsibility is it to teach these skills? I'm finishing up the paper now, so don't worry about you doing my homework. :lol: I just thought this was very interesting and wanted to hear what other teachers had to say.