The article began with some strong opinions about misbehaving children being removed from schools or classrooms. Throughout my career I have heard the argument that disruptive children destroy learning time for others. This authors argument includes concerns about getting students prepared to score well on standardized tests as jeopardized by difficult or different kids.
I don’t agree with expelling students. I would argue that learning how to relate with differences no matter the nature of those differences, is a sociocognitive challenge to embrace, not only for our students, but for all of us. Teachers and parents …administrators..every one.
I would add that there is little in the research that points to high test scores translating to leading a well balanced and productive life. We are actually beginning to see more high achiever burnout at earlier ages .
Expulsion from school is a punishment that resonates outward to other children who internalize fear of it in their relationship to school and in their communities.
Yes it is hard to solve difficult issues. But it’s our job as people to engage some tough stuff.
Children deserve unflinching support from adults…..they deserve nothing less. All kids . Everybody’s kids. Everywhere.
I have agreement with some of the authors other points. Like. …top down school governance doesn’t work. Shared community governance is smarter.
–Please share your thoughts. Comments are looked forward to.