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Early Education Suspension Leads to Future Problems

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Education, Behavioral HealthA study came out that showed when a child is suspended from school, it actually does more harm than good. That the time spent out of the classroom is very detrimental to the development of the child. The rundown of the study is this:

  • Boys seemed to be more apt to aggression and defiance when suspended at a young age.
  • It also seemed that more African-American boys were suspended.
  • With girls, lack of parental involvement was a contributing factor in the likelihood of being suspended.

The study's conclusions were obvious, that more social workers and/or behavioral specialists were needed in the schools for the students to turn to.

The study's findings showed that the student wasn't themselves an inherently bad kid. There was always a root cause to the suspensions.

Just suspending the student would never fix the problem and in most cases only exacerbate it. The study also showed that if there was more positive involvement instead from someone in the student's life, then things could be turned around. Children at that age need positive role models to learn from. It seemed that when there was a lack of positive involvement in the student's life, from parents, teachers, etc., then there were more suspensions. That one suspension just led to another.

Let's be honest, even you fell into this statistic. you also received multiple suspensions, your story would fall right in line with the study. Bottom line is this, instead of just punishing (although is being kicked out of school really all that bad from the child's perspective?), try to get to the root cause of the problem. Try talking with the child and listening to their problems or do whatever it takes to get to the root cause.

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