When I was in high school, our school implemented an in-school suspension system for all students that were in violation of the school policies. Whether there was misconduct or a violation of dress code, students would spend the remainder of the day in ISS. Does ISS serve its purpose? Should ISS be expected to help troubled students? Is ISS effective in keeping disturbances away from students that want to learn?
Students with poor conduct enjoy ISS?
My high school was strict in its enforcement of ISS. I had one ISS while I was in high school because I had forgotten to wear a belt. In ISS, students were sent to a small classroom with all of the other perpetrators. For the remainder of the day, perpetrators completed their homework for classes they were supposed to be in for that day.
One of the purposes of ISS may be to punish the individuals for not following school policy. From my perspective, I see it as more of a long-term punishment. I saw students getting ISS so they could miss classes the following days. At our school, all that was required was having your shirt untucked. Although they find it as a reward in the short-term to avoid listening to a lecturer or doing classroom activities, it can be detrimental to their well-being after high school.
ISS is good for learning students
I don’t believe that ISS is effective in turning around students that have poor conduct. On top of making teenage students rebel, I believe that ISS almost rewards them in the short-term as they don’t want to be in class anyway.
However, ISS is good in removing disturbances from the classroom. As these students have no interest being in class, they can be nuisances to the students that want to learn. By removing them, you remove students who may be verbal distractions. You also eliminate the possibility of good students being overburdened from having to complete the disinterested student’s work when groups are selected randomly by the teachers.
Should school make more efforts to ISS students?
By high school, I think any problems that a student has with wanting to be in a classroom should be between the student and parent. If a student wants help from the school, then they can visit with school counseling. Kids are old enough in high school to determine if they want to advance themselves through education or spend their day in ISS.
Schools should focus on helping those who want to learn. By removing troublemakers from the classroom, schools are improving the quality of education that other students can obtain.