Teachers have a tough job. They are responsible for teaching our children life’s basic knowledge. Most of the time, teachers will have a classroom of around 30 students. So what happens when one student is a little more energetic than the rest of the children. This kid is giggling, laughing and basically being disruptive and interrupting the lesson of the day. How should a teacher deal with that student?
Most of the time, the student will either get his or her name on the board then a check mark by their name and then possibly a visit to the office. If the behavior continues, the student could get detention or eventually get suspended from school. But does getting suspended from school benefit the child? Will this reform future behavior? A new study says no.
According to a new study from the University of Michigan and Louisiana State University, students who get suspended from class in kindergarten and the first grade are more like to have academic problems later in life. The findings suggest that being removed from the classroom at a young age put these kids in what the scientists are calling a “vicious cycle.” These kids miss out on valuable learning time while suspended from the classroom and end up getting behind the rest of the students. The suspended kids could experience a mental setback unable to catch up with the rest of the students and they are ultimately more likely to get suspended again. This study also found boys were more likely than girls to get removed from the classroom.
After analyzing years of data, researchers have concluded that it does not benefit a child to be suspended from school.
This study was conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan and Louisiana State University and is published in the Children and Youth Services Review.