Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger
The biggest problem in terms of discipline, at least in the NYC system, was when at home suspensions were eliminated. By doing this they have enabled lazy parents (and there are too many) to have just about ZERO accountability for their child's action in school. If they are suspended, they get sent to another room. In the past, a parent would have been forced to stay home, or arrange other child care for a child who had been suspended. I do hope this comes back.
I assume that at-home suspensions were given under the impression that the parent's would further discipline the suspended child while he wasn't in school. But if the kid will just engage in leisure activities or worse (dealing on the corner, perhaps?), then at-home suspensions counterproductive. And unfortunately, the type of student that gets suspended is likely to have a dysfunctional home life such that they're unlikely to be appropriately disciplined; indeed, they are likely to be neglected or overly punished (i.e., abused).
As someone who had both in- and out-of-school suspensions (one each), the in-school suspensions had significantly greater deterring power, since I just played video games the one day I was suspended at-home (blame my parents).
As a student, the whole idea of suspensions confused me. I was once given a day of in-school suspension for violating my high school's tardiness policy; that is, the school punished me for missing class by taking me out of class! The administration sent a clear message: school is about obedience, not education.