by Josh Crosson in the Star Tribune on Saturday, March 26, 2016
Kersten’s commentary attempts to justify school suspensions and expulsions by comparing exclusionary discipline with good parenting. I challenge her to find a parent who believes their children’s behavior improves when they are excluded from their home and cut off from their family. I challenge her to find a parent who thinks excluding their kids is a better punishment than addressing their behavior and establishing guidelines and boundaries creatively. Improving student behavior effectively, and disciplining students without denying them their constitutional right to a public education, must be our goal. It’s simply common sense.
Joshua Crosson, Minneapolis