March 16, 2013
ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Why Do We Suspend Children From School? Don’t They Want To Go Home? “Surveys consistently show that parents support suspension, because it keeps those students perceived as bad apples away from their peers. Principals continue to rely on suspension, in part because it creates the appearance of toughness. Parents can’t complain about inaction when a principal regularly suspends or expels bad actors. Administrators may also favor suspension because it edges problem students out of school: Students who have been suspended are three times more likely to drop out. Some researchers refer to a student who gives up on school after repeated suspension as a ‘push out’ rather than a dropout.” Also, you can’t paddle them anymore, most places.