In the November/December edition of Speaking Out, the author expresses her belief that out-of-school suspensions do little to discourage future student misbehavior and that principals should instead implement in-school suspensions, during which students are taught the desired behavior.
“Consequential suspension implies that the student has learned something from the end result and the same behavior will not occur again,” Fran Pokorski writes. “We, as educators, have to teach the correct behaviors in the confines of the school as well as continue to offer rigorous academic support for all students.” Do you agree?
Pokorski also believes that teachers should be required to moderate in-school suspensions to ensure learning is taking place. “If students are provided with the instruction they need while serving in-school suspensions, we have broken the cycle of sending them back to classes and feeling lost in the content.”
Read the article in full and let us know what you think.