Do you think of school suspension as a punishment or a reward?

@JenInTN (27565)
United States
February 5, 2010 3:19pm CST
Now I know that when a student is suspended from school that it issupposed to be a means of punishment,do you think that the children feel punished by it? Now I know that some of them might,provided that punishment is enforced at home but I have also heard some children feel as though it is a few days off for them. What do you think? Do you think that suspension from school because of misbehavior is a punishment or a reward?
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Feb 10
Definitely a punishment even if the children don't think so. If mine every got suspended, they'd be cleaning house so that they didn't get the idea that it was a reward!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
5 Feb 10
If the parents make it a punshment..it definitely would be but I do think it would take that kind of enforcement to make a difference. Some kids would just see it as a few days off. Thanks for the input.
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• Canada
5 Feb 10
Depends on the parents. I was suspended only once and it was NOT a reward for me. My mom was NOT happy about it at all. She had me do homework at home :( But if the parents dont mind and if they both work and nobody is home, then yes its going to be a reward for the kid. He can do as he wants. So it comes back to the parents I guess.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
5 Feb 10
It can kind of come back to the parents. There has to be some reinforcement at home if the point is to be taken seriously. I think that parents that have to work could actually even make arrangements for the child to stay with someone that wouldn't let them take a "vacation". Maybe there should be a facility where parents could send their suspended children..hmm..that's an interesting thought. Thanks for responding.
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@Hvaniday1 (550)
• Malaysia
6 Feb 10
For some it is a reward because they are bored with schooling or don't keen on study or those lack of interests in that particular subject and vise versa. If you suspend a teacher from teaching then they will feel the pinch... What do you think? Do you have any new punishment that will make them behave in a nice way? It also depends on their age whether or not to impose those punishment. Happy Mylotting.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Feb 10
Hi Hvaniday! Yes..for an adult it would be punishment to be suspended. They would do without money and be shamed at the workplace. For a kid...I don't know...I think I would make them come to school and do extra things. Thanks for the response.
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• Malaysia
8 Feb 10
you are real good leh...
@j00nior (182)
• Canada
5 Feb 10
I do think it is viewed as a reward to some misbehaving children, actually most children. Chances are that when they are sent home for the usual three days, both Mom and Dad are working and therefore no one is home to watch what they are doing. They have free range of the house like it is a weekend where they can go online, watch tv and movies, play video games and get into more trouble. At my elementary school, when you did something bad, they often gave you what we called an "IN-School Suspension", where you'd spend the whole day in the vice principal's office doing your school work in total isolation. Well, except for the VP who checks up on you every ten min.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I think your right. I also think that the inschool suspension can be more of a punishment than being out. Thanks for the response.
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@bagarad (11396)
• Paso Robles, California
18 Sep 11
That makes a lot of sense. Most kids who are suspended hate school to start with and often ditch classes if they can get by with it. I think the main purpose of suspension is to isolate the student who has gotten into serious trouble from other students. Getting to know the vice principal better mght be just what this student needs. It keeps him from disturbing his classmate, disrupting his class, and annoying his teachers, as well.
21 Feb 10
Even though it is supposed to be a punishment I think it is not much of a deterrant.Most kids in my school that were suspended just thought it was a lark. It meant upto five days of absense from lessons, teachers and routine. Unless the parents continues the punishment at home then suspension is a waste of time in my opinion.
• United States
14 Feb 10
It does seem like more of a reward than a punishment. I think one of the purpose of a suspension is to keep the student away from other students like if a bully is suspended because he/she beats someone up. It's always scary not to be able to go to school (wanting or not is another thing).
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Feb 10
It is a lot for the school and the other students I think. It kind of gets the bad kids out of the way I guess. Thanks for the response.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
13 Feb 10
It depends on what is the student's perception towards school. A punishment should serve a student from further unacceptable behaviour. However as you have mentioned some students might think that a suspension might serve as a means of reward,having some days off from school. I believe that suspensions should be recorded in the school leaving certificate. So this should deter pupils from thinking that suspensions are a reward.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
13 Feb 10
It really does depend on the student's perception. If they don't care..it is a vacation. I think that there should be an added punishment to the suspension. I'm thinking of cleaning duties..lol Thanks for the response.
@verabear (797)
• Philippines
6 Feb 10
You're right, it can only be effective if there is also a form of discipline happening at home that coincides with the suspension. If while the child is suspended they are pretty much free to watch tv and play around with their friends, sleep in, and all that, then it becomes a vacation pass for them rather than time to reflect on what they may have done. Suspension doesn't seem all too effective as a punishment because you can't be sure how it will turn out for all families. Maybe they should stay in school but be given extra work or projects.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Feb 10
That's what I was thinking too. I think that if they had to go to school and clean bathrooms or something they would be a lot less likely to get into trouble..lol..Thanks for responding.
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@donna22 (1120)
6 Feb 10
When I was at school I couldn never understand when teachers talked about suspending pupils - why sould they get time off school while we still have to be here? but I think because the pupil is being "allowed" to be off school it isnt quite the same as the child "wanting" to be off school. The fun is not there because there is no conflict with the system and its rules. I suppose it is a bit like when a parent sends its child to its room when is naughty.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Feb 10
That is the mind set of a lot of children. They see someone get a few days off for misbehavior and think that it's not fair. Of course if parents are strict, it might be a punishment afterall. Thanks for responding.
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@stormygrl (763)
• United States
6 Feb 10
More like a reward,but it may hurt their grade so it may end up as a punishment at the end of the semester since no work can be made up. I suppport the in school suspension where they have to be in a room all day and have to do work.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Feb 10
Hi stormygrl! I think the in school method is more effective too. Thanks for the response.
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@MrKennedy (1994)
5 Feb 10
It just seems so ridiculous in my humble opinion. I mean, the types of pupils who often do get suspended are the ones who don't really view school as important, so to them, a suspension is basically several sanctioned days off, rather than a punishment.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
5 Feb 10
Hi MrKennedy! I think you are right that aometimes the children view it as sanctioned days off. I would like to see a program put into place that would take the place of suspension..like an inschool extra work program..lol. Thanks for the input.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I think that instead of suspending them from classes that should have them have to work in a separate room on the same work, on their own and then have to put time in doing work around the school (cleaning, etc.) as punishment. Taking them out of classes is counter-productive in the long run. If not in the same school, then in a school for teens who have been in trouble.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I think it's better to make them go too. I think that by isolating them from their friends and having them do their work plus more would be more beneficial than just letting them be out. Thanks for the input.
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@mentalward (14697)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I think it's seen as a reward by too many kids because it's simply what it sounds like, two or three days off from school. I was "suspended" from work once. I had a job where I was "rewarded" for doing a good job by getting more work dumped on me. When someone quit, I was given their workload along with my own. That happened twice so I was doing the work of three without a raise in salary. I had a supervisor who was a slave driver, too. She was awful to us, but would sit at her desk, drinking coffee and reading mail order catalogues with her "chosen ones" all the time. I had tried to get a transfer to a different department but they wouldn't even give me a chance. So, I began a formal grievance. My boss's boss didn't like that so she told me to take two days off to think about the seriousness of what I was doing. This was without pay, of course. So, I used those two days to find another job and write my 4-page letter of resignation, naming names, copies of which I gave to my boss's boss, her boss, personnel and the president of the company. My "suspension" backfired on them. I learned that my immediate supervisor quit two weeks after I did. LOL Oops, sorry, I did get off-topic, kinda. But it was the same kind of thing. Those two days off I used to my advantage, just as most kids do while they are suspended from school.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
5 Feb 10
That ties in perfectly my friend. It is sometimes better in the eyes of the "punished". I think that on an adult level..you did what I would have done too. On a child's level, alot of times, it's all about having a few days off. Thanks for the response.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
8 Feb 10
Some see it as a reward. They get to go hangout and do what they want for a few days. Most of the time, both parents work and they can just watch tv, play games, go on the internet. If enough kids get thrown out, they can go have a party. Now if a parent feels he or she must stay home and make the kid clean the house and/or do the work that's being missed at school, that might make the kid rethink it. Reminds me of a friend whose son kept getting in school suspensions. He would run in the hallway. Third time he had to eat lunch away from the cafeteria. Well it was so noisy in there, that he kept doing it on purpose. Another parent I know had to keep going into school and sign for her kid being on in-school suspention for 1/2 a day every Friday. She found out he wanted that because he could get all his work done and not have homework on the weekends.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
8 Feb 10
I think there are other things to be looked into when it comes to repetitive bad behavior. There are sometimes other things that are contributing to it that people don't understand. Kids are very smart and do tend to do some things for a purpose. Thanks for the response.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
8 Feb 10
Very true and how many times do adults actually ask the students why they're doing things?
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
8 Feb 10
Very rarely I bet.
• Canada
6 Feb 10
I had a suspension one time in school. The principle made this ruling in school that most of the kids didn't agree with. So in protest most of the student didn't go to class one afternoon. The principle brought everyone in and proceeded to yell at us saying that we didn't have the right to leave school that afternoon. We told him that he didn't have the right to decide what rules of his we were to follow. The principle suspended all of us, unfortunately my mother went in and argued for me and my sister. So we were never suspended.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Feb 10
So it would have been a reward for you to have been suspended? I think that most children would view it that way if there was no punishment enforced at home. Thanks for the input.
• United States
6 Feb 10
I think that's a different situation, though, because it was in protest of something and a large number of students got suspended. I wish my school was more like that... we're boring...
@binagupta (628)
• India
6 Feb 10
i really think that school suspension as a punishment is a reward for me, because those days i dont like to go school but when i was punished i felt very happy but i even get scolding from my parents how can i forget that.
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• India
6 Feb 10
school suspension is really gr8!!:) am really proud if i'm a hitlist and get suspended from school:) is lik a reward 4 me frm bunkin de skool and enjoyin ma dayz:)
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Feb 10
I do think that there are better way to punish versus suspension. Thanks for responding.
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• Philippines
6 Feb 10
i think it is a reward for students. they would love to be suspended and spend no-school day. it means they are off from their school. but in our place, if you are suspended, you need to go to school and report. they are given tasks like cleaning the toilet, gardening and stuffs like that. and their friends will see them doing those.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Feb 10
Wow..I think that your place has the right idea. I bet that children are not quick to get in to trouble if they know their friends will see them cleaning the bathrooms and such. Thanks for the reponse.
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• Philippines
8 Feb 10
ow yes, they will think twice about doing something outrageous. of course, they don't want to be teased by their friends. and it will really remain as a lesson for them.
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@celticeagle (117156)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Feb 10
Reward? Never! If a child is suspended from school for some infraction then it should be followed through at home as well. It is just like mom and dad have to work together so do school and parents. Sure it may be a few days off for the kids because they have problem been under some tension at school and the culmination of it all was the suspension. It should be a punishment both at home and at school!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
5 Feb 10
You are so right. It should be viewed as punishment and it takes the parents to help make them see it as so. I think that it can often be taken as a few days off if parents aren't consistent. Thanks for the response.
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@celticeagle (117156)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Feb 10
Consistentancy is the key I think.
@olisaur (1932)
• United States
25 Apr 10
I really think that suspension makes a bad punishment- most kids would rather not have to go to school, and getting suspending for doing something bad doesn't really teach a lesson. I think detention (which, when you think about it, is pretty much the opposite of suspension) does a much better job of actually punishing.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
26 Apr 10
I agree. I think that detention is a miserable option to actually getting to sleep in. Thanks for the input.
@Ritchelle (3797)
• Philippines
22 Feb 10
i think it depends solely on the school for there are schools that are not that strict in academics. if a student got a suspension then goes back to the mainstream without any major educational challenge facing him that might affect his future credentials then this suspension thing is basically useless and a blessing in disguise.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Feb 10
Thanks for the input. I think there is a huge difference in the way that schools may handle things.
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