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NCJ Number: 159370 Find in a Library
Title: Punishment Should Be Used to Reduce School Violence (From Violence: Opposing Viewpoints, P 211-216, 1996, David Bender, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-159343)
Author(s): J Hood
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: According to the author, efforts to reduce violence in public schools have been hampered by two forces, an antipunishment philosophy within the education profession and legal restrictions on the ability of schools to discipline unruly students.
Abstract: The author contends that the United States should adopt a "private model for education" in which students are effectively disciplined and educated, and he notes significant legal restrictions on public school discipline. Restrictions on suspension and expulsion are especially troublesome because of the damage caused by violent and disruptive students to the educational process. On the other hand, even unruly students have civil rights, and the due process system sometimes assumes bad faith on the part of teachers. The need to improve self-esteem among students and to discipline them appropriately is examined, and discipline in private schools is compared to discipline in public schools. The author believes private schools maintain better discipline based on strict and uniform regulations than public schools and that the private school approach to discipline should be adopted by public schools. 1 figure
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Crime in schools; Public schools; Punishment; School discipline; Self concept; Students; Victims of violent crime; Violence prevention
Note: Opposing Viewpoints Series
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