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On July 22, the White House tweeted to its 6.5 million Twitter followers: “The number of students suspended in America each year could fill 45 Super Bowl stadiums. It’s time to #RethinkDiscipline in our schools.”
United States President Barack Obama highlighted a troubling statistic. Almost 3.5 million students were suspended from school during 2001-2012, according to the U.S. Department of Education; another 3.5 million were suspended in-school, meaning they were not sent home but were not allowed to go to class; and a whopping 130,000 students were expelled.
American education is in crisis. Our schools are in crisis.
President Obama says the solution is to rethink discipline—especially when it comes to disciplining black and minority students. According to the White House, black students are 3.5 times more likely to be suspended than white students. This “disproportionality” in suspensions is evidence of systemic racism within the educational system, it says.
The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice are hosting teams of superintendents, principals, and teachers from across the country today for "Rethink Discipline," a day-long conference at the White House on creating positive school climates and implementing effective discipline practices. The conference seeks to advance the national conversation about reducing the overuse of unnecessary out of school suspensions and expulsions and replacing these practices with positive alternatives that keep students in school and engaged in learning, but also ensure accountability.
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originally posted by: yuppa
originally posted by: IridiumFlareMadness
a reply to: Aliensun
What black culture? There is no black culture any more. Black non-culture, maybe. And that's the problem.
HEres a thought. change that to AMERICAN CULTURE instead and stop playing into this whole color issue.
originally posted by: beezzer
If parents would do their job, the government would have no need to step in to "redefine discipline" in the schools.