Posted: Apr 16, 2019 10:19 am
by Spearthrower
UncertainSloth wrote:the failing in this particular situation is the length of time it's been applied for such a length of time without other appropriate intervention or action



That's certainly a significant part of it, but there's also the punishment aspect too.

Isolation even for dangerous convicted criminals is considered deeply contentious, with the UN suggesting that, depending on the manner and length, it could be considered torture.

I'm a little distant from the UK now and I've seen some oddities I still struggle to process (like fining parents when kids miss school), and my time in school was unusual (we had a privilege system instead of punishment), but unless suspension and expulsion have been outlawed, then I can't see a distinction betweem a kid that's so irredeemably awful that they need to be isolated in school from other kids and a kid that should just be suspended. If their behavior's not bad enough to warrant suspension, then their behavior's surely not bad enough to warrant isolation?