So a kid breaks the school rules by say, ditching class, and what do we do? Suspend them for 5 days.
Oh, that really teaches them.
Maybe back in the old days being suspended from school carried a stigma but for oh-so-many of my kids, when they get suspended, it’s like a vacation for them.
Sure, maybe they get in trouble at home. Perhaps their mother is angry at them or what-not… but what we’re inevitably doing is making a problem that much worse by keeping kids out of class.
I say, when a kid violates the rules and earns a suspension, what they should really earn is School Boot Camp.
That’s right… you have a major infraction, that means more time, not less at school working on your deficiencies of both character and academic ability… and you are going to be forced to contribute to both your own benefit and that of the campus at large.
Obviously, we are talking Saturday School here. (BTW, immediately we have a deterrent. Right now, being threatened with a 5 day vacation/suspension is not any kid of deterrent with teeth at all. But make a kid give up weekend hours and you’ll see a newfound respect for campus law.)
Instead of 5 days worth of suspension, I say we given them a month of Saturdays, from 8:00 – 3:00.
The “suspension time” would be divided up into two categories. Personal enrichment and campus beautification.
I’ll start with campus beautification. That’s a euphemism for grab a freakin’ broom, buster… you are going sweeping.
There’s gum to be scraped, graffiti to be removed, trash to be picked up and bathroom sinks to be polished.
You violate the rules of this community, you need to step up and improve the ambience of this community.
That’ll learn ya!
But there’s gotta be academic work, too. Clearly, there is often a link between low academic skills and behavior issues. How about if the suspended student’s learning profile was taken into consideration and if, for example, they showed a lack of proficiency with pre-Algebra skills, they were afforded the intervention needed to help them raise their mathematical abilities?
I know. Too sensible. Send ’em home, let ’em meander and pretend we all don’t ultimately pay for it later on once they are uneducated adults.
When you think about it, school suspension makes no sense.
A kid’s time could be used so much more productively to forge character as well as academic aptitude.
A month of Saturdays is a much better approach to trying to snap a misbehaving kid into shape.
I say SCHOOL BOOT CAMP!