#FeedbackFriday – To suspend or not suspend…

3319536_origThis week we’re asking readers to tell us what they think about suspension practices in our public schools. There are all kinds of methods to consider, in-school suspensions, out-of-school suspensions, detention, weekend study, etc. I wonder if there’s a better way.

A couple of organizations out there are taking this issue head-on, including stopsuspensions.org, a non-profit organization that seeks to create a dialogue around the practice of suspensions and offers constructive suggestions to eradicate the practice without affecting classroom quality. There’s even a growing segment of the country that feels suspensions are racially-biased, with studies and reports highlighting the issue in convincing detail. But the idea of eradicating suspensions altogether is not without its detractors – most feel that suspensions are necessary to keep control of the classroom and ensure children who behave can learn without disruption.

Is suspending a child more disruptive to their education than disciplining the child appropriately? Are we teaching our children, through the practice of suspension, that bad behavior and failing to follow the rules gets you freedom from a place you don’t want to be in the first place (which is a totally different issue altogether).

To suspend or not to suspend…that’s this week’s #FeedbackFriday question.

Joanna Walls
Joanna Walls

Joanna Walls a mother to a young son. She believes in the importance of early childhood education and access to a quality education for children regardless of their socioeconomic status. A graduate of Bryn Mawr University and Capella University where she received her Masters Degree in Business Administration, Joanna has spent her career helping others. She worked as a social worker in some of Philadelphia's most depressed neighborhood before transitioning into Human Resources.

  • Rob

    Every minute that a kid who doesn’t know how to behave spends outside the classroom is a minute a teacher gains back not having to keep that child in line. Yes, suspensions should happen and parents should have to deal with the consequences of their badly behaved kid. School isn’t daycare!!!