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This is such a strange punishment. Kid stupidly deprives himself of learning, so to discourage it, we deprive him of another week's worth?

Strange and prevalent (at least in the US). Every state I've lived in has some form of this, be it in-school or out-of-school suspension. It seems like a way to train kids for prison. It's mostly just a way to keep them from disrupting others; in other words, it's the easiest way to deal with the kid (with no thought toward helping them).

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