This is indeed a serious issue and has been discussed by many rabbonim. There have been a number of articles on this. Here are a few.
Jerusalem - R’ Ovadia Yosef: It Is Forbidden To Expel Children From Yeshiva
Rav Ovadiah Yosef explains how he was able to actually turn a boy around before he was expelled.
Parshat Vayetzei Vol.10 No.12 Expelling Students From a Yeshiva by Reuven Rosen
It appears that the guidelines for schools should be as follows:
1) One should only accept students with good character or questionable
character to schools. Students with bad character should not be
accepted with the expectation that they will turn around. Weaker
students, though, should not be rejected from schools if they have
2) If a student makes trouble, suspend him from class and actively
work on his character. Allow him back into class when he is ready.
3) If the child continues to make trouble, decide whether he is
a) If he is influencing others, put him into a special class or school
for behaviorally challenged students.
b) If he is not influencing others, decide whether it will be more
advantageous to keep him in a regular class or put him in a special
class for challenged students.
4) If the student continues to make trouble in the special class,
remove him, but think long and hard before doing so because it is
Dinei Nefashot, a question of the [spiritual] life and death of the
student and those whom he affects negatively.
No Child Can be Left Behind
Responsible Chinuch By Rabbi Yaacov Haber
The CI on Expelling Students from Yeshiva
May 14, 2012 03:15AM
The latest volume (13) of Hakirah, The Flatbush Journal of Jewish Law
and Thought has a number of articles that I consider well worth
reading. See (www.hakirah.org) This page says "It is our policy to
put the full text of the articles onto our web site only after the
next issue becomes available. Only the first two pages of the articles
in this, the current issue, are available for viewing." Thus, most of
the articles in volume 13 are not yet online. However, the price of
this journal is only $10 including shipping for those who live in the
US so one can readily order it. See [www.hakirah.org]
Unfortunately, at the moment only the first two pages of the article
"Should School Children of Varying Levels of Observance be
Segregated?" - by Aharon Hirsch Fried is online. The following is from
NOTE The link provided now has the entire article
The Chazon Ish, ztz"l, was strongly against any student being
expelled from a cheder or yeshiva and often insisted that children
who did not seem to fit the mold be accepted into strong yeshivot. On
one occasion when a bochur was expelled from a yeshiva, he reacted
with the following: 16
I don't understand, he said. Have you ever heard a hospital to
expel a patient because he is too ill?! If he is ill, he belongs in
A yeshiva expels a boy because he is not as he should be. Well if
he is not as he should be, where should he be if not in the yeshiva?
But the answer is that the individual does not interest them. All
that matters is that their enterprise (i.e., organization, yeshiva,
cheder, school and the like) continue to function.
16 I heard this from Rav Aryeh Weinberg, shlit"a of Jerusalem to whom
the Chazon Ish said this. It has since been published in the 4th
volume of the sefer Maaseh Ish by Zvi Yabrov, Bnei Brak 5761, p. 46
Sadly, there are children who are expelled from the more right wing
yeshivas, and their parents find themselves with no alternative for
their education. IMO, in these cases the last statement of the Chazon
Ish, "But the answer is that the individual does not interest them.
All that matters is that their enterprise (i.e., organization,
yeshiva, cheder, school and the like) continue to function." is far
too often on the mark.
Professor Yitzchok Levine
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ 07030
Teaching Students, Not Subjects
According to “Chadrei Chareidim” (www.bhol.co.il), the Rav pleaded with the educators to keep in mind two thoughts as the new school year begins. One, to continually relate to each and every student as a neshama, a pure and precious soul. Two, to stop expelling students from yeshivas.
Parashat Noah- Noah’s Ark and the Yeshiva
Hence, unlike in generations past, Yeshivah education is not an
option, but a vital necessity. We cannot imagine Noah trying to
survive the flood outside the Teba. By the same token, it is
impossible to expect impressionable young souls to survive the “flood”
of immorality and decadence that has overtaken the world in our time
if they remain outside the insular, protective framework of the
This is a vital message for not only parents, but also educators. The
Hazon Ish (Rav Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, 1878-1953) cautioned that in
our times, the decision to expel a student from Yeshiva requires a
23-member Bet Din. According to Halacha, life-and-death cases cannot
be brought before a standard, three-member court; they require the
adjudication of 23 expert judges. In our day and age, the Hazon Ish
said, expelling a student is a matter of spiritual life and death.
This is not a decision that may be made on a whim.
Unfortunately, many schools today are so caught up with preserving
their reputations that they forget this vital message. Administrators
must understand that in our society, where an expelled student could
end up in a street or in public school, expulsion can very well become
a spiritual death sentence. Such decisions must be made with the
utmost caution and discretion, and with a keen awareness of the vital
protective role that today’s Yeshivot fill.