A young man received 3 days of out of school suspension for cussing out his teacher.
Here’s what I’m wondering. Is it a punishment or a reward for him to be suspended?
He really doesn’t want to be at school. He certainly doesn’t want to be in my class. He is probably sleeping at home right now. Might wake up and eat and watch television. Or, more likely, he’s out walking around getting into trouble.
Now that he’s suspended. He may or may not be at home, burdening his parents. And, when he comes back to school, he gets the right to make up all of his missed work, which he probably won’t ask about. But, if he does, the teacher has to provide it and take it later and grade it later.
Additionally, he will feel that the teacher gave him OSS when he earned it on his own accord. He will likely be even more spiteful and ugly when he returns to class next week.
I know, if my kid were suspended (well, we know that’s not going to happen), but if it did, she would have even worse punishment at home. It certainly would not be a vacation from school. And, I would be up at the school getting the work for them to complete at home (and I would request extra work, too).
So, out of school suspension: punishment or reward?