All I can say is it is about time.
I was at the state Board of Education meeting this morning where this was done with little fanfare because all the attention was on the adoption of the Common Core Standards, but I want to congratulate all the advocates, many of whom are blog regulars here, who led this effort.
Now, let’s ban corporal punishment next. Who’s with me? (I know who’s against me.)
If you want to read why these practices are so awful, please go back to this interview I did with the author of a book on the practice of solitary confinement.
Education researcher Mary Hollowell spent months chronicling an alternative high school in rural Georgia before she discovered the awful secret of the school: She discovered that kids were placed in a solitary confinement cell double bolted from the outside.
“The cell was dark inside and had a small, square window,” she said. “It was the kind of set-up you saw in a mental institution, not a school.”
Such rooms are at complete odds with the mission of the schools.
From the AP:
Georgia schools are no longer allowed to put students in solitary confinement under a ban approved by the state Board of Education.
The ban, voted this morning, also limits the use of restraint to calm misbehaving students in the classroom. And for the first time, it requires schools to notify parents when their children are restrained by teachers and other school officials.
The new rule marks the first time the state has addressed the controversial practices, which can lead to injuries in teachers and students and, in some cases, death.
The state has been working for two years to draft policy on the disciplinary tactics.