Disciplining students fairly

Since Black students are twice as likely to be suspended as white students, the argument is made that more Black teachers should be hired because they better understand their own (“Black & Brown kids belong in school: Stop suspending some kids unfairly,” New York Daily News, Dec. 22). But many of the teachers and principals deciding which students are suspended are themselves Black.

The racial paranoia sweeping the nation’s classrooms overlooks the fact that students who attend charter schools with harsh discipline policies have lower rates of criminal activity later in life.  That’s because they’ve learned the importance of taking responsibility for their actions.

If the real concern is for Black students, then it’s imperative to remove troublemakers of any race who disrupt learning. Racial quotas in suspensions are counterproductive in the long run.

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