posted on Mar, 22 2016 @ 09:45 AM
a reply to: deadlyhope
I am going to refer you to this link.
Remember how the administration, specifically the Dept. of Justice, came out with the idea that the disproportionate suspension rates in schools among
black students were actually racist and discriminatory and they challenged school districts to do something to bring those rates of suspension more in
line with the percentages of black students?
Minneapolis did that. And that link describes the results of the policy. Now the Minneapolis schools are a complete mess. There is a even a quote
there from a veteran black teacher who finally gave up and went to teach in a private charter school.
It seems the schools loosened their suspension rates to avoid removing problem students, particularly if they were African-American, and now the
schools are turning into war zones because those students are allowed to misbehave in ways that would normally see them removed.
You can make the argument that the bad actors are going to act badly regardless of the policy, sure, but is that the point? If the aim of the school
is to educate students who are there to learn, it seems to me that students who are disrupting that aim ought to be removed. They aren't learning, and
they are inhibiting the students who do wish to learn, preventing everyone from learning when all is said and done. So are we ahead or behind to
You can draw those conclusions across to larger society. If the bad actors are left in larger society, does that make it a better or worse place for
everyone? You can argue that harsher laws and sentences don't deter, but if they do remove those elements from the larger peaceful society and
citizens who are working to make the society and place we all want to live and work in ... where should the balance be?