Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A Rant: Let's Just Take 'Em Out and Shoot 'Em
side note: I have found that tweeting my thoughts during inservice keeps me from going crazy.
Our new principal asked a simple question this afternoon.
(By the way--I love my new principal. He is doing good things in our building!)
What did we think was an appropriate length of time for both in-school and out-of-school suspensions? Talk about opening up a can of worms! The conversation led to what about the work that these students miss while they're not in class. Given? Not given? Graded? Not graded?
"People!" I wanted to scream. "We. Are. Educators."
But I didn't and I should have. I let the loud ones believe they are right and that I agree with them. I won't do that again. I hope.
(my first hour students would laugh at that word--they think I use it too much!)
Most of the students we are talking about (my wonderful SSB's, for the most part) need to be in school. They are having trouble in classes anyway! So the best consequence we can come up with is to take them OUT of class?????? Arrrrggghhhhh! And in the "worst case", out of school altogether????? Double Arrrrggghhh!
What does that accomplish? We give them a "vacation"--one that deep down most don't want. We take them away from those people who do care about them. We put them further behind in their classes if they get to do the work. And if they don't get to do the work, we punish them twice.
Way to let students know we care.
And if we really don't know what to do about them--let's send them to the alternative school. At least we won't have to deal with them.
Excuse the rant, but blogging really does make me feel better!