Suspension Isn’t A Solution

Andrew Sullivan —  Dec 6 2012 @ 7:34am

Building off research in the Journal of School Violence, Christopher Ferguson makes the case against school suspensions:

Reasons why out-of-school suspensions don’t work are fairly obvious. Giving students what amounts to a free day or two off doesn’t actually feel like punishment for most kids, especially those who may already be hostile towards school to begin with. But if the student then misses school work, his or her grades will decline, further increasing the student’s detachment from the academic environment. Out-of-school suspensions leave kids at home unsupervised and able to cause more problems. And they also do nothing to teach appropriate alternative behavior nor address underlying issues that may be causing the bad behavior.