Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority / Edition 1

Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority / Edition 1

by Richard Arum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674018141

ISBN-13: 9780674018143

Pub. Date: 09/30/2005

Publisher: Harvard

Reprimand a class comic, restrain a bully, dismiss a student for brazen attire--and you may be facing a lawsuit, costly regardless of the result. This reality for today's teachers and administrators has made the issue of school discipline more difficult than ever before--and public education thus more precarious. This is the troubling message delivered in

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Reprimand a class comic, restrain a bully, dismiss a student for brazen attire--and you may be facing a lawsuit, costly regardless of the result. This reality for today's teachers and administrators has made the issue of school discipline more difficult than ever before--and public education thus more precarious. This is the troubling message delivered in Judging School Discipline, a powerfully reasoned account of how decades of mostly well-intended litigation have eroded the moral authority of teachers and principals and degraded the quality of American education.

Judging School Discipline casts a backward glance at the roots of this dilemma to show how a laudable concern for civil liberties forty years ago has resulted in oppressive abnegation of adult responsibility now. In a rigorous analysis enriched by vivid descriptions of individual cases, the book explores 1,200 cases in which a school's right to control students was contested.

Richard Arum and his colleagues also examine several decades of data on schools to show striking and widespread relationships among court leanings, disciplinary practices, and student outcomes; they argue that the threat of lawsuits restrains teachers and administrators from taking control of disorderly and even dangerous situations in ways the public would support.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674018143
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
09/30/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Questioning School Authority1
2Student Rights versus School Rules38
3How Judges Rule86
4From the Bench to the Paddle127
5School Discipline and Youth Socialization159
6Restoring Moral Authority in American Schools188
App.: Tables215
Notes279
Index315

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