Introduction: Middle School Matters
In this issue of SEDL Letter, we tackle some of the issues middle school educators face. We discuss the lack of national policy addressing these years. We learn from a former middle school principal how families can help their middle school students. We look at the research that shows how our middle schoolers are falling behind in math compared to their peers in other nations—and what we can do about it. We debate whether we should revamp middle schools and go back to the K–8 system. Finally, we discuss how afterschool programs can attract and retain this hard-to-reach audience.
This phase will never be an easy one for our children. We can hope, however, that it will become easier for those who educate them. We hope you find this issue informative and helpful, and as always, we welcome your feedback.