The literature review clearly has shown that there is a phenomenon called School to Prison, Schoolhouse to Jailhouse, or Public Education to Prison Pipeline. Therefore, Jeremy Thompson (2016) says, “Zero-tolerance policies in schools result in high suspension rates and expulsion rates among students in general, but disproportionately affect minority students, especially African-Americans because students who have been suspended or expelled are more likely than not to end up in the Criminal Justice
In the article “The Benefits of Zero Tolerance,” Eric Badertscher and Heather Newton discuss why it is important for schools to use zero-tolerance policies but also become more practical with how the policies are administered. In the article Badertscher and Newton tell a story of a young boy in Loudoun County Public Schools who was suspended because he took a knife from another suicidal kid and put it away in his locker. This “lack of flexibility” proves how case by case punishment could work better for these policies (Badertscher and Newton). The student who was found with a knife had no intentions of harming anyone in the school. In fact he possibly saved the life of a fellow student by taking action and retrieving the weapon.
People didn’t care about gun control but after the massacre the people changed their thinking. 7 A democrat uses the columbine shooting to remind people what can happen when you let teenagers or other people use guns. America started to feel more comfortable with their kids going to school now that their is school safety and gun use is controlled. The shooting made the law change the guns and put safety locks on them. Some stores are ceased to sell firearms and ammunition.
The high school hierarchy has affected adolescents for generations and it is not a particularly positive characteristic of the American society. However, it does play an important role despite the often negative outcomes. In 10 Things I Hate About You, most, if not all, the characters are placed into a stereotype, true to their behavior or not. For example, Kat and Patrick were placed into the delinquent category due to their rejection of others, rules, and popular ideas. Though their outward appearances make it appear to be true, their real experiences and qualities prove that discrimination to be false.
According to the Advancement Project, the Zero Tolerance Policy contibues to a number of problems to included the denial of education due to increased suspension and explusion rates, referrals to inadequate alternative schools, lower test scores, higher dropout rates and racial profiling of students. Citing that once many of these youth are in “the system” they never get back on the academic track. With schools often refusing to readmit them (Heitzeg, 2009). The Zero Tolerance Policy plays its part in facilitating four different pathways into the legal system from the schools (James,
Should schools continue to use the traditional form of punishment of suspending students? Is suspension a benefit or a disadvantage to a students learning? Is suspension the right thing to do for all students? For many years suspension has been a common punishment for bad behavior in school, though many people are starting to wonder whether suspending a student really helps them learn and grow or does it harm their learning career. This is a big debate that has just recently come into light.
Most schools would suspend both students right away. What if one student in the fight had a good home life, his parents punished him, and he never got suspended again, but maybe the other student’s parents did not care, he would just simply get some time off of school, and continue to act out. If all students were talked to about what they did wrong and punished inside of school, there may be a chance to drop the percentage of kids that get in trouble. Yes, it may not be the school’s responsibility to punish the kid, but if they do not and neither do the parents, then who will? Giving out school suspensions may give the student that needs to be punished the most, time off from school, which is what they would prefer.
This bill should not have passed, the dropout rate had already dropped from 44 percent to 1 percent. The bill sends the wrong message even though it gives the parents the freedom to decide if their child should go to school or not. This is the only upside of the bill but if the parents dropped out then they more than likely won’t care if their own child drops out. All the bill is doing is getting rid of the unruly students and that’s not how to solve this problem(Concord). If the states established the dropout age of 18 then more students would graduate and hopefully move on to get a degree.
The Zero Tolerance Policy is a major worldwide issue. Statistically it has been a problem in schools for many reasons but mainly because most believe it 's a racial factor in schools. It also brings down academic levels and a child 's learning ability. While researching the statistics I found out that many researchers have discovered that black students are more likely to get suspended, expelled, or juvenile consequences over white students. On the pbs.org website it stated that “Black students make up about 16 percent of the nation’s population in school, they account for about 45 percent of the kids who face juvenile arrest.” During the years of 2010-2011 in New York City, the school had given out around 73,441 suspensions
Based on data from the Civil Rights Data Collection in 2012, the United States Department of Education states that “black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students” (U.S. Department of Education). This is a problem because if a student has been suspended once, they are far less likely to do well in school and are actually much more likely to drop out, thus contributing further to the issue I discussed in the paragraph above. Schools need to treat all of their students fairly in order to give them the best chance at success in higher education. All of these factors truly go hand in hand to serve as obstacles in the way of minority students’
It also lacked a history of why this started to happen in schools around the nation. Blank and Berg cited Noel Epstein 's quote from her book Who’s in Charge Here? Which said “While policymaking elites have focused for decades on academic issues, polls have shown the public to be more concerned about inadequate parental involvement…”(Blank and Berg). This goes to show that politicians believe it is bad schooling while the public believe it is bad parenting. And so the idea of sharing responsibility for the child was created in an attempt to have the parents, the school, and the community to all help in raising the child.
“Before long, schools escalated the range of reasons for suspending and expelling students to include violation policies about alcohol, tobacco, drugs, fighting, insubordination, dress code, and ‘disruptive behavior’” (50). The removal policy has proved the opposite and increased the number of failures and number of those being sent into the school-to-prison pipeline. Missing school because of this policy provides the students nothing and takes away the possibility of success. Those who do not comply to teachers that use the zero-tolerance policy with obedience are to receive exclusion or suspension dealt by the police and justice system. The zero-tolerance policy has gone off the lines of providing an even discipline to all students because
In addition to that,the Federal law policy of implementing penalties on districts that fall short of 95% students taking standardized tests may prove worse for that particular district as far as education aids are considered.If students are given choice to opt-out,then the wealthier and middle class may opt-out and reduce the funding available for students who are still interested in taking tests.So,the issue must be addressed accordingly leaving everyone happy rather than some part of people happy. So as to conclude,the policy makers or political leaders should consider this issue in a holistic approach and should not give the flexibility for students to opt-out of annual tests as it retains the conventional education standards of the country which in turn may help build a fairly considered society.They may also consider developing alternate policies to stress the importance of standardized tests rather than giving choice to opt-out
2012, p. 25). This criticism suggests the involvement of NCLB as a force perpetuating the "School to Prison Pipeline" connection. Other criticisms of NCLB include: the standardization and pressures of testing, the effort to privatize education, and its lack of effectiveness within the classroom due to the pressures of rigid federal expectations. Studies suggest that the reform did not lower drop-out rates, but put substantial pressures on schools. In Meir and Wood 's Many Children Left Behind, in Houston, Texas, where "much of the NCLB legislation is based... the district claimed a dropout rate of 1.5%" when, in fact, at one particular high school, about 25% of the students left during the 2001 - 2002 school year, and were labeled as continuing their education or going back to their home country; although, they had not claimed of doing so (Meir and Woods,
Zero Tolerance: More Harm than Good The punishment does not always fit the crime. Zero tolerance was initially defined as a policy that enforces automatic suspensions and expulsions in response to weapons, drugs, and violent acts in school. Today these polices have changes to include a range of less serious offenses such as violation of dress code, writing on the desk, and tardiness. Zero tolerance policies began as a way to protect children from potentially violent situations. Over the years, these policies designed to protect are now doing more harm than good.