Why Do We Suspend Misbehaving Students?The article goes on to answer the question superficially--and that's it. I guess I just expected a little more analysis, some valid alternatives to suspension, etc.
Don’t they want to go home?
The most reasonable answer to the question is one they mentioned:
Still, surveys consistently show that parents support suspension, because it keeps those students perceived as bad apples away from their peers.Teachers like it for a similar reason.
As for the tired "minority kids get suspended more than white kids", when someone shows me that minority kids get suspended more than white kids for the same offense, then I'll get concerned about it. Until then I'm not going to listen to your "institutional racism!" cries.