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Old 09-12-2019, 11:14 PM
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Originally Posted by SlackerInc View Post
I remember a few years ago NPR had a so-called expert on to claim that suspending kids from school massively “increased” their chances of going to prison in adulthood. The host took this declaration of the arrow of causality at face value. No one ever raised the possibility that what was really happening was that kids who were inherently oriented toward violence and antisocial behavior were more likely to get suspended on the way to adulthood because of their violent and antisocial behavior.

Next someone will correlate the number of ice cream trucks on the road on any given day with the incidence of heat stroke and declare that we should ban ice cream trucks.
To be fair, the two things feed off each other. Sure, a violent student is likelier to be suspended, but that suspension (if it's the out-of-school type) arguably pushes them further yet down the road to crime.