Exclusion sucks, but it is necessary

John Kenny Blog

Schools are amazing places for kids because they allow them to make mistakes without having to live with the consequences for very long. This is in stark contrast to society. If you do something criminal out in the big bad world you could live with it forever, restricting your chances to travel to exotic places or to secure employment opportunities that give life meaning. And that’s the way it should be. Children should not be treated like we treat adults. They will inevitably make mistakes and should not have to face adult consequences for their actions, but they definitely should face consequences – school-aged consequences – matched to the mistakes they make. The underlying threat of consequence stops people, including kids, from doing bad things. That’s why the vast majority of us don’t exceed the speed limit (the possible $100-$500 fine makes us think twice). It’s also why students don’t call…

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