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Letter: Data on school suspensions doesn’t prove racism
First Published Apr 11 2014 06:18 pm • Last Updated Apr 11 2014 06:18 pm

Jade Fisher’s letter to the Forum of April 5, titled "Racism is apparent in school suspension data" assumes facts not in evidence. I agree, the data cited is worrisome. But to castigate school systems everywhere and label them all racist is shameful and completely void of any legally acceptable standard.

Racism gets the blame for many of the social ills of this country, and for that matter, the planet, and maybe deservedly so. But to associate it with every problem is lazy and completely irresponsible.

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Maybe, rather than blaming the teacher or school administrator, some rational thought should be given to the notion that the student might shoulder some of the responsibility for being punished or maybe the parents. I know, it’s a very novel idea but one I think merits a closer look.

Interpreting data and facts and figures is a tricky endeavor and seemingly lends itself to subjectivity more easily than objectivity, which often results in a conclusion that’s not necessarily so.

Jack McDonald

Salt Lake City

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