Teen supports changing school punishments

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 - 10:10 am

Re "Children's Defense Fund and AASA Announce Partnership to Reform School Discipline Policies and Practices" (sacbee.com, Jan. 22): I am a high school senior at a public high school in Sacramento and am extremely interested in learning reform. I went to elementary and middle school at a local Waldorf school and have seen the beneficial effects of a positive and free school atmosphere. At my Waldorf school, there was little strict punishment, and no one seemed to get suspended or expelled. If a student did do something against school conduct rules, the student would be taught straight away how to better the situation, instead of being forcibly removed from it. Now, at public high school many of the punishments, like suspension and expulsion, are not beneficial to the student, and add a harsher and less inviting learning space for other students. I support the punishment reform presented in this article.

-- Rayna Mitchell-Rose, Sacramento

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