December 2011

Discipline in American Schools: Are Expelled Students Victims of SWB (Studying While Black)?

Minority Students are expelled at an excessive rate.

Teachers familiar with multicultural education shouldn’t be surprised by recent findings released by the Washington Post showing that black students are two to five times more likely to be expelled or suspended than whites in the D.C. area and across the nation.  

Hispanics are often twice as likely to be suspended.

The number one reason for suspension?  Disrespecting a teacher.

This is an incredibly subjective reason, which depends on the sensitivity of the teacher and what a child has been raised to think is disrespectful.