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Suspension refers to when a student is sent home from school waiting for a decision about how to respond to a serious incident. Shutterstock

Why suspending or expelling students often does more harm than good

Research shows punishments like suspension and expulsion further disadvantage already vulnerable stdents and could result in long term criminal and anti-social behaviour.
One South African school issues ‘demerits’ if their pupils speak anything but English. David Ritchie/Cape Argus

How schools use language as a way to exclude children

Schools and universities in post-colonial contexts still operate within the logic of coloniality. This is starkly illustrated by their language policies.
One of the first dilemmas that black people face is whether to let strangers touch their hair – and under what circumstances. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

From slavery to colonialism and school rules: a history of myths about black hair

When it comes to black hair, “common sense” is the least reliable tool for decision making since even black people are constantly changing their minds about what they want to do with their hair.

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