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Talk Back: Do You Favor Out-of-School Suspension?

School districts can mandate in-school and out-of-school suspension when it comes to student disciplinary action. What is your choice?

Depending on a school district's policies in taking disciplinary action with regard to student behavior, there are typically three choices: in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension and terminating a student's participation in school completely.

The debate that typically arises has to do with out-of-school suspension and whether it's a valuable option as often times students are sent home and left unsupervised during the day given parents working.

Advocates say it's a stronger punishment than in-school suspension and sends a stronger message to the student, and parents, about the infraction.

Critics say it just means days off for the student and puts them behind in classwork and learning.

Others advocate having the student perform community service as a activity for school infractions.

What are your thoughts? Vote in our poll below and give us a few comments. We'll compile the feedback on Friday.

Vito April 26, 2012 at 01:29 PM
If a suspended child is left to their own devices and/or will have a "vacation" when home on suspension, I can be pretty certain I know where the problem with that child lies, In my opinion, the benefit of an out of school suspension is that it would negatively impact the parents, who then might be inspired to work to alter their child's behavior. Educating a child should not require the educators also perform the duties of a parent. If a child is incapable or unwilling to be educated, if they are violent, if they constantly disrupt the education of others, they should be suspended as often as it takes for them, and more importantly their parents, to get the message.
NotWhoYouThinkIAm April 26, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Vito, here's the thing: if a kid is repeatedly suspended then there is generally a problem at home already. The parents are very often not engaged in active parenting. You wouldn't believe how many of those parents blame the school for their kid's problems. In other words, they take their kid's side and feel their child has been treated unfairly so they won't take any action at home. I wish I were kidding but I am not. The parents that DO take action pretty much have the kids that don't repeat the infraction.
Vito April 26, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I know you are right, but what it boils down to for me, is do you let these kids drag down the rest of their class, because they do. They are a drag from both a disciplinary standpoint and an academic standpoint. This is why years ago I elected to send my children to private school; The problems got kicked out. I feel we are too concerned with addressing the needs of special cases and in the process are compromising the needs of the majority. It may sound heartless, but let them go be someone else's problem.
Justamom May 04, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I would disagree with out of shool suspension. The kids of today are too spoiled and the resources they have at home would be a mini vacation for them. No matter how strict we are at home with them, they always seem to have the little gadgets in their hands to amuse and entertain them. Leave them in school, let them do work, both academic and labor-let them clean up with the custodians and make it supervised, no fun and games. Most importantly, take away the cell phones while in ISS. Maybe they will think twice for the next time!
NotWhoYouThinkIAm June 03, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Middle school kids just had a food fight. They're getting one day out-of-school suspension. They are already planning a beach day together on that day. Great parenting, parents. You might think it's a joke but the kids whose lunches were ruined aren't laughing. Neither are all the kids who got hit by splatter.

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