Thursday, July 12, 2018
Protect The Child, Hurt The Children
Chalkbeat wrote an article that made the connection between suspensions and students dropping out or ending in juvenile hall. I don't disagree with the connection between suspensions and academic failure. However, what the paper did not say is what happens when students are not suspended but instead, have a restorative justice session and gets to misbehave back in the classroom. The result, is he or she affects the otherwise, peaceful classroom where learning and teaching suffers.
Ask any teacher how student academics are adversely affected when a misbehaving student continually disrupts the classroom and distracts the rest of the students with his or her antics. Moreover, misbehaving students are one of the major factors for teachers quitting the urban classroom. Finally, misbehaving students make other students and school staff feel that the school is "unsafe".
Suspensions are a necessary punishment and remedy, not restorative justice, or a warning card. A saying that has stood the test of time "if you do the crime than you must do the time. That goes with suspensions for misbehaving students.