School Suspensions Model the Wrong Behavior for Students

Published by EducationNews.org — By our actions, we teach intolerance. Last week we looked at reasons why kids misbehave — how sometimes they can’t or they won’t act in community-appropriate ways.  Whether it’s a choice for them or not, it’s always a big pain for the people around them. So this week we’ll look at theContinue reading “School Suspensions Model the Wrong Behavior for Students”

Instead of School Suspensions, Let’s Listen to Kids

Published by EducationNews.org — Kicking out the disruptive kids is convenient.  But what do we, or they, learn from it? Allow me to say right off the top that I believe each out-of-school suspension is a symptom of a mental or social issue.  I’d call them symptoms of disease, but some are more like sniffles. InContinue reading “Instead of School Suspensions, Let’s Listen to Kids”

Give Students a Voice So They Can Improve Their Own School

Published by EducationNews.org — Working on a system to help troubled students stay in school, but be accountable to the community. Regina Winkfield, Principal of E-Cubed Academy in Providence, went into a minor tailspin when district budget cuts eliminated her Student Resource Officer (SRO).  Of course, SROs are a double-edged sword.  As police officers, carrying guns, they’reContinue reading “Give Students a Voice So They Can Improve Their Own School”

Create More Disciplinary Options Than just Suspensions and Cops

Published by EducationNews.org — “You’re outta here” gets the problem off the school’s plate — and postpones any real solution. If you look into school-suspension data — state or local — you’ll find a bunch of numbers that tell you nothing about the severity of the offenses.  You’ll find high rates clustered in vague categories likeContinue reading “Create More Disciplinary Options Than just Suspensions and Cops”

Colorado Cuts School Exclusions, Racial Disparities Persist

Published by EducationNews.org — Suspensions are a lazy, useless way to deal with poor social skills. Last year in Colorado, a group called Padres Y Jovenes Unidos (Parents and Youth United) managed to get their Legislature to pass the “Smart School Discipline Law.”  Now schools must, by law, use “restorative justice or other disciplinary policies before resortingContinue reading “Colorado Cuts School Exclusions, Racial Disparities Persist”