Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Anecdotes about school discipline

So I was having a conversation recently about getting into trouble in school. I was a kid that at least wanted to do the right thing, and when I got into trouble it was for things like chronic lateness (why they want kids in school early when their bodies want to sleep late, and vice versa, has always been beyond me), but I did manage to see the inside of an in-school suspension room more than once. We didn't actually call it ISS, but it was the same concept - sit there and do nothing quietly while being watched by a teacher too incompetent to actually teach but too tenured to dismiss.

One of the people I was talking to, a current New Paltz high school student, said in reply, "I once walked out of ISS because I knew that I would get OSS instead."

More than all my analysis of the school code of conduct, I think that one comment supports my idea that it's stupid to send kids home, because that's where they would rather be. The only ones who don't want to go home are the ones whose parents beat them, and sending them home would be cruel.

So why, why, why, do we have out-of-school suspension?


Martin McPhillips said...

You are inching ever closer to the electrified barbed wire.

Anonymous said...

I think if kids are sent to ISS or OSS, they should be made to use that time perform some type of community service.

Terence said...

I like that idea, whoever you are.
And yes Martin, I know where the fence is. I wear lots of layers.

John Bligh said...

Having experienced both In and Out of school suspensions way back in the day (for nothing worse than cutting class) I have to agree with you. In-school was a far worse punishment.

I remember getting an in-school suspension for skipping Study Hall, which was the shortened version of ISS: sit there, shut up and don't disturb the monitor. The irony was not lost on me.