This article reports on a research study conducted by Syracuse University on the effects of grade span on bullying behaviors in New York City public schools. The study found that schools with shorter grade spans (6-8 or 5-8) experienced more bullying than K-8 schools.Source:
Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, October 4, 2016Description:
“What’s the only thing worse than being the new kid in 8th grade? Being the new kid in 6th grade.”
Amy Ellen Schwartz’s quip sounds like a joke, but it’s not.
The Syracuse University economics professor and her colleagues have found there’s truth to the old “top dog, bottom dog” theory of the campus pecking order: A school’s grade structure significantly affects its student hierarchy. As students move through grades, they gain social power, becoming more likely to take on leadership positions and less likely to be bullied. Now, there’s evidence that separating students into a shorter 6-8 grade span in middle school intensifies bullying of lower-grade students and makes them feel less connected to school.Read the full article here!