Discipline in Preschool

Discipline in Preschool

Traditional and charter schools in D.C. reportedly suspended 181 pre-K students during the 2012-13 school year. Many are shocked at the idea of suspending 4 year olds, but some educators say it's a necessary tool to maintain a positive learning environment.

It's hard to imagine: disciplining a 4-year-old by suspending him from pre-school. But traditional and charter schools in D.C. reportedly suspended 181 pre-K students during the 2012-13 school year. Legislation is in the works in the DC Council to ban preschool suspensions, but some educators say it's a necessary tool for teachers who need to maintain a positive learning environment in the classroom. We explore the issues.

Guests

Emma Brown

D.C. Education Reporter, Washington Post

Kaitlin Banner

Staff Attorney, The Advancement Project

Jennifer Frey

Assistant Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies, Graduate School of Education and Development, George Washington University

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