*I originally posted this on the wrong blog, here is the post on the correct blog.
I’m sitting here at school this morning. Yes, it is a Saturday and yes, I am getting paid. However, the others who I am with are not getting paid to be here. Instead, they’re serving time.
Sitting here is made me think about myself and my behavior when I was in school. I remember the one time I had a detention and had to stay after school. I was in first grade and we had created a book that we were to take home to our parents. Well, another student had dared me to take my book apart and he did the same. Mrs. McIntyre was not happy about our behavior. My name along with 3 checks instantly went up on the board.
I begged and pleaded to not have to stay after school. It was a Wednesday and I had church that evening!! (My little first grade mind didn’t understand that there was about 4 hours between end of school and church.) I didn’t want to have to serve my time, even though I had done the crime. I stayed though and put the book back together.
Was I punished when I got home? I don’t remember. But, I think that one day scared me not to get into trouble again.
So why do we have so many students who are always in after school detention, suspended in and out of school, and have to attend an extra day of school. Is it a failure of the education system? Is it a failure of reaching the student? Is it a troubled home life?
I don’t think there is any one factor that makes this happen.
I can say that sometimes it’s just a lack in decision making one time that a student needs the one-time punishment and they will never been seen in trouble again. (Myself for example)
Those are the students I’m talking about though.
We all know who I’m talking about. They’re the students that teachers make comments about the student ending up in jail in the future. The student who is in detention every day after school.
What can we do for these students? Are they learning anything about why they are being punished or is it an expectation of them?
Yes, I said it. Do these students feel like they are expected to misbehave? If that’s the case, then we need to reach those students in a different way. We need to point out that we don’t expect them to be this way and that we have higher expectations for them.
Maybe we put them in detention because that’s the easy solution. “I don’t have to deal with them now”. Is that a thought? Does that happen?
What do you think? What can we do to help these students who are constantly “serving time” a school so that they do not make that their future?