Web Watch remembers a few times that we had to sit through a few after-school suspensions. We certainly don’t remember the exact cause of having to sit, Breakfast Club-like, in a classroom and “consider our actions”.
We’re sure that we were wrongly accused, completely innocent – whatever it was. Perhaps we need to check out our PERMANENT RECORD someday, to see what horrors we bestowed on our fellow students or faculty.
But maybe school officials need to take a look at the in-school or out-of-school suspension policies to see if SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS WORK OR NOT.
There are certainly enough arguments out there that proclaim how suspending a child from attending class is anti-education, and could lead to some long-term psychological or intelligence issues down the road. Always telling a student that they CAN’T learn must do wonders to ones’ self-esteem.
Over 3.3 million students are suspended from schools each year, and some studies show that minorities are more likely to face suspension than white students. In a study of almost 7,000 school districts:
- 17% of African-American students nationwide received an out-of-school suspension. Compare this to just 5% of white students.
Anti-suspension advocates suggest alternatives to preventing students from attending class would be a better idea. Why not have those students clean the cafeteria, or performing community service projects when school is not in session? Anything to keep today’s youth engaged in their education and mental advancement.
What school suspension horror stories do you have to share? Leave them in the comments below: