Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

We can't cut school suspensions without funding alternatives [Letter]

Teachers and administrators do not like suspending students. It is always a balancing act trying to weigh the interests of the larger student body vs. that of the individual student ("The folly of pre-K suspensions," Nov. 12). That said, criticism of suspensions with no mention of funding "in-school" interventions represents the height of hypocrisy.

Most of the children involved in violent behaviors need love and support, which will rarely be found in a suspension. Schools need to create internal programs and alternative curricula for many, many of these children, but there is no money to do so. Thus, schools are left with one tool to deal with highly-disruptive, often violent students: suspension. Until the larger society recognizes the seriousness of our needs and funds those needs, teachers don't want to read self-righteous, finger-pointing, hand-wringing lectures.

Tom Smith, Baltimore

The writer is a teacher at Patterson High School.

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Third place in education isn't good enough

    Third place in education isn't good enough

    If the Ravens finish in third place, many fans become despondent. Likewise, no one says there isn't much difference between first place and third when the Orioles don't make the playoffs. Instead we rally. We come back stronger and determined to be number one next year.

  • Expanded pre-K will help Maryland's children [Letter]

    Expanded pre-K will help Maryland's children [Letter]

    Columnist Dan Rodricks rightly asks what all the celebrating is about regarding the accomplishments of the 2014 Maryland General Assembly ("Underwhelmed by the Md. legislature," April 9). He also calls the $4.3 million allocated this year for expanded pre-kindergarten education in our state "paltry."

Comments
Loading

66°