This article reveals much ignorance and the root of our challenges in our
schools - that schools are asked to be social services agencies and parent
children. This ill-conceived idea results in all the issues the article
purports to address.Schools need to be institutions focused on their
mission of academic achievement and character development for every child they
are serving. When students cannot meet the minimum behavior requirements to
remain in the setting, they must be served with consequences that they can learn
from. All schools I know of use a system of progressive consequences before
suspension, unless it is a school drug/safety issue. I know of NO schools that
indiscriminately suspend students - teachers WANT students in class as long as
they can be there without ruining the experience for everyone else.If we don't suspend students, neither they, nor their parents cannot
learn the boundaries of acceptable behavior. This is not serving them and dooms
our system to failure.It is NOT the school's responsibility to
go beyond daily behavior training into rehabilitation.
I have s standard of lining. There are things that is expected. things that
I'll tolerate, and there's the stuff that is intolerable.
@ Carolyn: Your concerns and the response to them are addressed in the article.
No one is asking the schools to parent the students - just do all they can to
educate the students.
Title: 'When schools get in the way of real learning' - by
Jay Evensen - 02/01/13 Deseret news. So, on the one
hand, schools are 'bad' and don't 'really' educate our
children. On the other hand, when we suspend our children from
school, they learn nothing and get no education. Choose one, but
don't argue both... at the same time.
There are alternatives available. Let's not deprive our good students from
being able to learn because a few possibly incorrigible jerks are left in the
classroom when they should be somewhere else.
The article states:To avoid suspensions except in extreme circumstances,
the following ordered strategies are recommended:•Phone call to
parents and/or a parent conference--All schools do this before suspending a
student--most many times.•After school or lunch detention--Now you
are punishing the teachers/administrators/advisors who will be
"assigned" these duties. Of course, in Utah they just will pay you more
to do it (lol).•Co-curricular activity suspension (sports or
clubs)--Already done in most schools by way of a "code of conduct" for
those in activities.• Restitution (financial or social, such as a
written apology)--No legal way to enforce restitution on fee-waiver students.
•Community service around the school--many schools have tried this
but parents have been fierce in opposition--"My kid is not the
janitor."•School-based or home-school contingency contract--Most
schools already do it. Kids end up suspended after not following it.•Saturday school--Same problem as after school detention. Do we make
teachers do it for free (punish them) or do we pony up the money?
For black boys growing up with no father figure, key lessons on self-control are
often absent," Campbell said. "To then hold the rest of the class
hostage, and to say it's the school's fault, it's blaming the
messenger."This isn't just "black boys" it's
all boys. Ok, the rates might be higher some, but teenagers without a father
figure have, for decades, been shown to exhibit bad behavior. In the scientific
community, it's been likened to what happens to elephants when there is no
dominant herd bull around anymore. When the young bulls enter "must"
(kind of like puberty) they get very aggressive toward the females, younger or
sickly bulls, and have even attacked rhinos and killed them. They have no
dominant bull to keep their behavior in check. Boys need a father in the home.
Just one more reason gay marriage with surrogate children involved is such a bad
idea. Two moms, don't equal one dad. Two dads might be worse, the evidence
isn't in yet, and may never be because the numbers are too low to support
any real data.
Let's organize students by:* age* gender* race* orientation* test scores-grades Place this on a spread
sheet, and make sure the suspension rates are equally re-distributed. Create a
graph and hand them out for public viewing.This is part of
Liberals make a discrimination case out of so many things.Suspended
bad behavior students can now sue over discrimination.