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January 27, 2014 at 7:02 AM

School suspensions: Teachers must encourage coopeartive classrooms

Nancy Ohanian / Op Art

And just how much time has guest columnist Linda Mangel spent teaching in a high-school classroom that can mimic a Seahawks game? [“How to end the senseless cycle of school suspensions and expulsions,” Opinion, Jan. 20]

It is the job of a high-school teacher to offer the opportunity for an education to students who are willing to work for it in a cooperative classroom setting, not to make up for the failure or inability of parents or society to support and promote responsible adult behavior.

With every right comes responsibility; decisions have consequences. A student is not expelled based on race or special needs. Students are expelled because they have chosen to act in a socially irresponsible, disruptive and often violent way. This is encouraged and supported at Seahawks games, not in a classroom.

Those who want to be successful deserve the opportunity to work for it in a safe, supportive classroom environment.

Patti Williams, Seattle

Comments | More in Education | Topics: expulsions, School suspensions, seahawks

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