Suspension rates of young children are alarming, McNamee says

[img_caption src=”https://www.erikson.edu/wp-content/uploads/mcnamee.jpg” link=”https://www.erikson.edu/about/directory/gillian-mcnamee/” align=”right” caption=”Gillian McNamee” alt=”Professor Gillian McNamee”]Professor Gillian McNamee was quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times on the dangers of suspending or expelling young children from school.

The article notes that in 2013-14, Illinois public school kindergarteners were suspended at least 2,090 times due to causes ranging from classroom disruption to bullying or fighting.

“It is a terrible message to send children and families,” McNamee says, adding that the figures are alarming.

Child development experts agree that suspension should be used as the very last resort for school-aged students and that the punishment is especially inappropriate for children in preschool through second grade.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: School discipline of young children questioned