It has recently been brought to my attention that some schools in my district have a type of punishment called CSI (a rowdy classroom filled with students who came to school late, disrespected the teacher, etc.) However, what I was most shocked by was the fact that most of the students that are sent into that room were there due to getting to school late.
I was just speaking to a friend of mine who goes to American Senior High school and he was telling me how he was sent to CSI for being tardy to school. Now, I understand if a teacher wants to reprimand their student for being late; for example, my english teacher will give a student who is late an F for the day, but still wants them to be productive and participate in class. However, in my friends case, he has been sitting in this room for the past hour and a half for being two minutes late without any learning stimuli around him.
Now, I’m not saying that this CSI thing is a completely bad idea, if a student is disrupting the learning environment then yeah, they should be sent. But if the student bothered to get to class despite being late, they should be given the opportunity to participate in the class activity. Adding to that, it seems ridiculous to me that if the student is late, they are sent to this room, but if the student doesn’t show up at all they are reprimanded anyway. This would reduce any students strive to even try in school.
Even more than that, seeing as its the end of the year and EOC, AP, and AICE exams are around the corner, teachers should be even more encouraged to keep their students in the classroom preparing for these tests. Too, I understand that teachers want their students in class by 7:20, but in all honesty, how many teachers actually begin lecturing and working at exactly that time.
There are certain punishments that should be given based on the type of trouble the student cause, not every student should be given the same punishment. Teachers are in school to teach and students are there to learn, if both show up (despite bing late) then they should both be given the opportunity to do their job.