60% of Texas students suspended at least once

Nearly 60 percent of Texas students were suspended or expelled from at least one class in middle and high school during a six-year study. Blacks and emotionally disabled students were more likely to be disciplined, concludes Breaking School Rules, a study by the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Public Research Institute of Texas A&M University.

Schools with similar students in terms of race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status had very different suspension and expulsion rates.

The study didn’t examine whether schools that suspend fewer students have alternative ways of dealing with disruption, nor did it try to evaluate school safety.

Not surprisingly, students who were disciplined were less likely to graduate and more likely to be arrested. Thirty-one percent of students disciplined one or more times repeated their grade at least once.

 

 

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  1. john thomson says:

    Is that a high, or a surprising low number? As I recall, 2/3rds of students didn’t get a full day out of school in six years. I’d say that’s a surprising high number that we should be celebrating. Its the one in seven number locked up in juvie that’s the problem. Perhaps we need data-driven accountability for the justice system …

    Seriously, compare schools to other institutions that are run by flesh and blood people. Is there any place in kids lives where there is more effort to be fair to all than school?

  2. School discipline issues have very little to do with race or emotional issues. It’s really about poor teacher methods (notice I didn’t say discipline or management, which both imply control).

    In a Results Only Learning Environment — which eliminates all traditional teaching methods and creates a student-centered learning community — there are no behavior issues.

    What Texas and every other state need to do is throw out boring methods of instruction and assessment and create student autonomy and project-based learning environments that create a thirst for learning. When students are interested in learning, they feel no need to be disruptive in class.

    When I polled my 89 students last year about results-only learning, 84% said that they value learning and cooperation over disruption.

    Needless to say, I never “disciplined” a student all year.

  3. “In a Results Only Learning Environment — which eliminates all traditional teaching methods and creates a student-centered learning community — there are no behavior issues.”

    I’m a big fan of Howard Glasser’s Nurtured Heart Approach and positive and reinforcement and “The Explosive Child”, but this is really too much.