Vitti cited a 24 percent drop in in-door suspensions, a 12 percent decline in out-of-school suspensions and a 20 percent decline in arrests to show that school discipline and safety are improving, but “this is an area I must continue to hone, address and improve,” he said.
Well it got me thinking about how many times I heard something similar to above.
From 2009, describing how suspensions have dropped 30 percent from year to year;
Here is something from 2010 when they said we had a 71 percent drop in suspensions.
From 2012, talking about a 35% drop in suspensions over three years. I guess the bulk of that came in 2010. Here they at least questioned the possibility of under reporting.
From 2013 talking about how suspension centers saved Christmas:
And I could have went on and on. As you can imagine there have been quite a few stories about dramatic drops in suspensions and referrals over the years.
Who knows too maybe we were suspending kids at to great of a rate and we needed to make changes but from what I hear the change we have made is to ignore discipline which I think leads to much greater problems.
Here is the thing friends, I am willing to entertain the thought I am just plain wrong on this one and if so I would love for you to enlighten me. How is discipline/behavior where you are at?