today at the Urban Education Symposium that African American children shouldn’t
be suspended. He probably says this because of recent studies that say the more
often a student is suspended the less likely they are to finish school.
alternatives. He seems to be saying go ahead and ignore discipline as if it
isn’t important. I have written about for years, the problems that arise when
schools don’t discipline their students and I don’t think it is a stretch to
say it has contributed to Jacksonville being the murder capital of Florida. You
can’t go a day without reading about a horrific act of violence mostly committed
by young men on our streets and do you know what most of these young men had in
common? Most attended Duval’s public schools.
behavior when they were in middle school or elementary school? How many lives
would have been changed if the school system instead of ignoring or paying lip
service to discipline had decided that we should do something about it. Friends,
if a child is not going to get discipline in the home then they have to get it
at school because if not, then where will they get it?
that does happen it often gives teachers a chance to teach and other students a
chance to learn but if not suspensions then we need to get creative with
discipline and find real consequences for bad behavior something that is
woefully absent now.
discipline should be colorblind. The offence not ones skin color should determine
Mr. Jackson before you suggest the elimination of suspensions
from the discipline toolbox perhaps you should come up with meaningful
alternatives because we ignore discipline at our and our children’s peril.