Fairness of Disciplinary Actions in Schools

1881 Words Feb 18th, 2018 7 Pages
There are districts calling into question the fairness of disciplinary actions taking place in their schools. Most recently, area Wichita schools have presented data that shows that African American children, who make up only a fraction of students compared to Caucasian children who hold the majority, are disproportionately more likely to be punished for both minor and severe infractions. Southeast High School is the best example of this. African American students only make up 29% of their student body, but they make up about 82% of in school suspensions and 46% of out of school suspensions (Tobias 2014). Wichita schools are not the only ones recognizing this as a problem. It makes one wonder, decades after the civil rights movement, are we still battling blatant race issues? The answer could be no. No teacher wants to set a student up to fail. Teachers are given specific strategies to deal with misbehaving students to avoid discriminatory practices. Whatever the race, gender, or economic background, if a student is misbehaving, teachers act accordingly to the standards they are paid to uphold. Greg Rasmussen, superintendent of Wichita’s Andover schools, commented on how cultural differences come into play when students of all backgrounds gather in one place. He explained that teachers are not always sensitive to what may be happening at the home life of a student and may…
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