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  •  this. The problem is more complicated (5+ / 0-)

    The implication I got from the diary is that schools, teachers, and admin/security are racist. That may be true, but from what I've observed, that is not the main cause of this problem. As melvynny says, kids often bring their outside issues into the classroom, and I'd add that besides poverty those outside issues often include violence, neglect and abuse, which kids often deal with by acting out in class. Additionally, schools in poor/minority areas are much more likely to have strict zero tolerance policies (decided at the district level), which surely helps to create these terrible statistics.

    About this:

    Research shows that removing so-called "bad kids" from the classroom doesn't help non-disruptive kids learn, according to the collaborative. The group found that some restorative justice programs and prevention programs that call for more student-teacher engagement can help lower suspension rates and minimize disruptions.
    I have a very hard time believing this assertion. A severely disruptive child can significantly distract the teacher and create an unmanageable classroom environment as other kids cue off that child. It takes great skill to handle and even veteran teachers can struggle with this problem. The notion that teachers just need to engage more seems insulting to teachers who have to deal with these problems regularly, especially in low income areas where kids with behavior problesm are much more common.

    "Tell the truth and run." -- Yugoslav proverb

    by quill on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 10:30:42 AM PDT

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    •  I had problems with that assertion as well. (1+ / 0-)
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      I live in an integrated small city and have seen parents keep their kids at home and home schooled. Not because they were religious nuts but because the teachers were so busy trying to control a few disruptive students that no one was learning.

    •  I agree. That assertion is incorrect and makes it (1+ / 0-)
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      seem that serious misbehavior that disrupts a classroom to the point of other students being held back from a positive learning environment is somehow the fault of the teacher. When one student's misbehavior is so extreme that the entire classroom is disrupted for late amounts of time daily, then at what point should the others be given a right to an education?  

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