There is an association between treating kids badly and rates of incarceration of adults. Visit The Sentencing Project to see incarceration rates by state.
Punitive discipline is still being applied disproportionately to Black and Brown students. Differences in suspension rates among Black and White students have been found in virtually every published study across school districts regardless of the methodological and analytic strategies used. These disparities are not explained by differences in misbehavior.
A single suspension in the 9th grade considerably lowers the odds that a student will graduate from high school or enroll in college.
Suspended students spend less time in the classroom, which further hinders their access to a educational opportunities.
Findings in a multilevel analysis also indicated that administrator perspectives on discipline may be a stronger predictor of suspension disparities than students’ behaviors or sociodemographic characteristics.
All kids are affected adversely when ineffective school discipline is deployed. When they see classmates being treated in an inhumane way, and when they don’t feel safe at school.
To learn more about the harm done by punitive/exclusionary disciplinary practices and disproportionality, please reference our non-exhaustive listing of resources and research.