“Zero tolerance” began as a prohibition against guns, but it has quickly expanded into a frenzy of punishment and tougher disciplinary measures in American schools. Ironically, as this timely collection makes clear, recent research indicates that as schools adopt more zero tolerance policies they in fact become less safe, in part because the first casualties of these measures are the central, critical relationships between teacher and student and between school and community.
Zero Tolerance assembles prominent educators and intellectuals, including the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Michelle Fine, and Patricia Williams, along with teachers, students, and community activists, to show that the vast majority of students expelled from schools under new disciplinary measures are sent home for nonviolent violations; that the rush to judge and punish disproportionately affects black and Latino children; and that the new disciplinary ethos is eroding constitutional protections of privacy, free speech, and due process. Sure to become the focus of controversy, Zero Tolerance presents a passionate, multifaceted argument against the militarization of our schools.
|Publisher:||New Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
About the Author
William Ayers is Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (retired). He co-edited City Kids, City Teachers; Teaching for Social Justice; Zero Tolerance; and City Kids, City Schools (all available from The New Press).
Bernardine Dohrn is director of the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law, Legal Clinic.
Rick Ayers teaches at Berkeley High School and is the author of Studs Terkel’s Working: A Teaching Guide.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Resisting Zero Tolerance||xi|
|Two Punches, Expelled for Life||15|
|From the Jail Yard to the School Yard||42|
|Racial Profiling at School: The Politics of Race and Discipline at Berkeley High||51|
|Decatur: A Story of Intolerance||64|
|America Still Eats Her Young||77|
|Part 2||Social Contexts||87|
|"Look Out Kid/It's Something You Did": Zero Tolerance for Children||89|
|How Distorted Coverage of Juvenile Crime Affects Public Policy||114|
|Zero Tolerance as Mandatory Sentencing||126|
|Education, Delinquency, and Incarceration||136|
|Sexual Harassment Meets Zero Tolerance: Life in K-12 Schools||143|
|Sticks and Stones: The Jailing of Mentally Ill Kids||155|
|Part 3||Education and Activism||163|
|Zero Tolerance: A Basic Racial Report Card||165|
|When Is Disproportionality Discrimination? The Overrepresentation of Black Students in School Suspension||176|
|The ABCs of School Discipline: Lessons from Miami-Dade County||188|
|Finding Safety Where We Least Expect It: The Role of Social Capital in Preventing School Violence||202|
|Turning to Each Other, Not on Each Other: How School Communities Prevent Racial Bias in School Discipline||219|
|The Role of Law in Policing Abusive Disciplinary Practices: Why School Discipline Is a Civil Rights Issue||230|
|Zero Tolerance: Reflections on a Failed Policy That Won't Die||256|
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