“It’s a pretty astonishing finding,” said Bright, a research scientist in the University of Florida’s Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies. “It’s sad, but the good news is there’s a simple intervention — don’t give report cards on Friday.”
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Bright said she wants to expand the study beyond Florida and wants to confirm the causes of the correlation. University of Florida officials said the researchers suspect that children are being physically punished for their grades, “but it might be something else we don’t know about,” Bright said.
“I have to feel like my research can really make a difference,” Bright said. “That’s why I like working with pediatricians and teachers. They’re hungry for data to make things better, and I’m excited to use my research knowledge to give them those answers.”
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