If they can’t possibly graduate…

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My high school has students who are not close to having enough credits to graduate before they are legally no longer entitled to the free education they are receiving. Some of these students disrupt their classes regularly. That’s part of why they have acquired so few credits.

Eduhonesty: The school would benefit from pushing these students out. We are no longer ever supposed to show anyone the door unless it’s unavoidable — a knife carried into a zero-tolerance school, for example. But other students are paying the price for our generosity. Disruptive students interrupt lectures, distract other students and simply waste large quantities of everyone’s time.

Here’s a bit of food for thought for administrators: Sometimes these kids know exactly what they are doing. They feel better creating a group of fellow failures, a group that insulates them from their own sense of failure.