For a punishment to be effective, you have to hate it. If someone told you, "If you keep doing that thing you're not supposed to do, I'm going to make you eat this ice cream cone," that wouldn't be a very effective punishment, would it? And that's how a lot of students were seeing in-home suspension: they got in trouble at school and then they got the "reward" of getting to go home and do whatever they wanted (especially if they had working parents).
But Huntington East Middle School in West Virginia has wizened up, reports The Blaze. They've created a totally new (and reverse) punishment, and it's getting great results. Instead of kids getting sent home for suspension, the parents are invited to shadow their student for the day. As parent Stephanie Howell said, “Who as a parent wants to sit in class? It’s embarrassing. It’s a good motivator to not have your parents come and sit with them.”
And so far, the numbers are staggering. Student suspensions have been reduced by two thirds and bad behavior incidents by more than half. Justin Young is one such example. “I was suspended multiple times last year. But this year, not once,” Young said. After Justin's mom shadowed him, she asked if he acted like that when she wasn't around. Justin replied, "No, because I wanted to be good for you.”
What do you think about the new punishment? Do you think it's a good idea? Let us know in the Comments!
You can read more about the program at http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/05/02/middle-school-reduces-bad-behavior-dramatically-with-reverse-suspensions-that-invite-parents-to-school-when-students-misbehave/.