How many times were you suspended?
Anyone interested in changing attitudes toward the good old school suspension should read Anthony E. Harris's startling piece Monday on page 2B of the Metro section. Then comment here on what you know of the popularity of this device in the old days, and whether what seems to me our current distaste for it is good or bad.
I was never suspended in high school, of course. I was one of those hall monitor types who always obeyed the rules. I got myself elected chief justice of the student court so I could quash evildoers who dropped candy wrappers near my locker or stole my potato chips.
My best friend Dan Cumings, however, did get the heave-ho. Two weeks suspension. For what? Writing a bitter but wonderfully amusing (and officially unauthorized) newsletter that trashed the student paper, the principal and all the other annoyances of high school that are readily apparent to bright kids like Dan and Anthony E. Harris, writing of his four suspensions.
The thinking in schools these days is that suspending kids and sending them home just means less time for learning. In-school suspensions have become more popular. Is that the right way to go? I really like the pieces submitted by readers that have been turning up inside Metro. Harrris' contribution is a particularly fine and provocative example.
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