Reaping and sowing

March 26, 2009 

I learned something shocking: Students who get into trouble at school and get suspended may get into trouble with the law! Well, duh. I am a teacher and a parent, and I don't like to see any child fail. But I was taught: You reap what you sow.

Wake County might have to cut funding for a "troubled student" program to save money in this austere economic climate, and some are bothered by that, as maybe they should be. However, if programs for students who are not "troubled" are being cut, why should those who get suspended get a larger share of the resources (per student) than those who don't get into trouble?

Some say it will lead to more teens going to jail. Jail is for lawbreakers; school is for students. If some decide by their behavior that school is not for them, and they get into trouble elsewhere, it's not the school's fault or burden to correct.

I'm tired of hearing about the "poor little kids" who get long-termed, as if they are the victims of the "big, bad school system." Wake County is a big school system, so why are some surprised that the county "doles out" suspensions at a higher rate than smaller systems?

Michael Dublin, Garner

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