Do we really need detention?


Zac Akuamoa

A image of the dreaded yellow slip.

Zac-Richard Akuamoa, Staff Writer

In an ideal world, students wouldn’t have to stay after school and stare at the wall for an hour or two for being 30 seconds late to class. To be honest, I really don’t see a point to detention. What am I, or any other student, going to learn from it? I served a detention the other day, and it almost felt like I was in prison.

To be honest, I don’t see detention as a deterrent to bad behavior. All the detentions I’ve gotten were because of being slightly late to class. Granted, I’ve only had a few, but it’s not like I was trying to be late. Stuff happens, you know?  Getting a detention isn’t going to stop me from being accidentally late from time to time.

In detention, there’s no access to technology, no textbooks, no nothing. Now more than ever, the work that students do require some type of internet access. The fact that students don’t have access to these things makes detention more of hassle instead of a learning experience.

Most of the people I know have some type of extracurricular commitment or after school obligation. Whether it be a job, a club, or sports, students have lives outside of school. Shocking, right? I don’t know how teachers expect students to explain to their managers or coaches that they can’t be on time because of the dreaded yellow slip.

That being said, students should be provided with more opportunities to serve detentions. I would much rather serve a detention during flex or study hall than being trapped in D3 from 2pm to 3pm.

To wrap everything up, I don’t really see a point to having detention. I don’t think students gain anything from staring at the wall.  It’s more of an inconvenience instead of a learning experience and I think that students would be better off without it.