A middle school in West Virginia is claiming they’ve found the solution for “less suspensions” and “better behavior.”
OK Parents, you must be primed to find out the details on this one, I’m sure! I know I was…
At Huntington East Middle School, non-violent and non-abusive (this means verbally) behaviors are being offered up to a “reverse suspension” program. This means the kids aren’t suspended if the parent(s) choose to come to the school and spend the day with their child. The child’s suspension is then canceled. This means no suspension on their record, either. And it means no missing school time.
“When we started combining schools we had a lot of kids getting in trouble and getting suspended,” school parent partner Stephanie Powell told WOWK-TV.
“I was suspended multiple times last year. But this year, not once,” Young told WOWK.
Justin explained that when he and his mother got home from their day of reverse suspension, they had a family talk.
“She wanted to know if I acted like that when she was not around, I said, ‘No, because I wanted to be good for you.’” Justin said.
The principal says suspensions are down 2/3, and kids with bad behavior incidents are down by half. Now, it stands to reason that if you offer up a program that gives way to the option of a reverse suspension, suspensions would in fact, be down; but I’m thrilled to hear that the bad behaviors are down. I think this sounds like an innovative, less rigid way to deal with children. It may even offer up a better learning opportunity for the kid as opposed to them sitting at home with mad parents telling them they aren’t allowed to use the TV. Additionally, any parent who works would find it much easier to take one day off and visit the school over missing five days of work.
I have a few other thoughts:
- Parents should get to visit the school and see things in action. Oddly, this comes in the way of a suspension. It almost makes suspensions, in these cases, a good opportunity for the parent to see more than just their kid’s behavior, but also the school’s more natural operation.
- The kid is going to act better, as noted by the report, but maybe some kids issues are resolved by more parental attention. The world is busy, as parents, we all fall into that trap. It is hard not to.
- I wonder if this embarrasses the kid and how that may play a role?