When we require our kids to say the obligatory words, "I'm sorry" without actually meaning them, we teach them that words alone can let them off the hook and they don't have to genuinely feel empathy for whoever they have wronged.
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Administrators are hesitant to give permission to manually weed out the mischief makers because of their fear that the amount and severity of backlash will not be worth it.
According to many authorities, fifth grade is a turning point. By the end of the school year, many of teacher Mary Jensen's eighteen sub-literate students will be well on their way to a life of crime.
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