WHEN KIDS GET
physically restrained or secluded in US schools annually
expelled from US schools annually
corporally punished in US schools annually
arrested in US schools annually
referred to law enforcement from US schools annually
5 million +
suspended in and out of US schools annually
IF IT’S CLEARLY BROKEN, FIX IT.
IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
We are in the midst of a societal and public health crisis. We are losing our most vulnerable kids, largely due to perspectives that are outdated and counterproductive, and disciplinary practices that are punitive and exclusionary.
With each time-out, detention, suspension, expulsion, paddling, restraint, seclusion, and arrest at school, there are children who aren’t getting the help they need and are being pushed away from caregivers who could instead be helping them.
The cost to all of us is profound. Overwhelmed, discouraged educators. Frustrated, desperate parents. Expensive placements. Disenfranchised, marginalized, alienated kids. A pipeline to prison.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”- Maya Angelou