Getting Troubled Youths Back to School

“Homebound” instruction of public school students is not good for them or the school district. Paying teachers to travel to pupils’ homes is more expensive than using them in a classroom setting. And often, students are able to earn far less credit at home.

Marshall County Board of Education members have agreed to pursue a program intended to get some homebound students back in the classroom.

That cannot be done in every case, of course. Because of illness, some youngsters simply cannot go to school. In other cases, behavioral problems make them a risk to others as well as a disruption in the learning environment.

But as Superintendent Michael Hince explained to board members this week, simply sending behaviorally troubled students home serves no one well.

He has in mind a program of counseling such students and monitoring their progress in changing behavior. That could lead to getting them back in the classroom sooner.

Board members are right to pursue the change. And school systems without similar initiatives to help – rather than, in effect, warehouse – troubled students should consider the approach, too.