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Rethinking Discipline

Education Week

8 November 2012 - Original Source
Boy sitting on a desk in school hallway. Sign on wall says Caught in the Middle. Kenneth Thomas, a 7th grader, ponders a lesson in his PRIDE 101 class at Haut Gap Middle School. As part of the school’s approach to addressing behavior, all students take a course in how to be a Haut Gap student. —Amelia Phillips Hale for Education Week

Zero-tolerance policies, which require out-of-school suspension or expulsion for certain inappropriate behaviors, have become the go-to disciplinary approach in many schools. But research suggests some downsides: Such punishments may not change students’ behavior and are often meted out unfairly.

These articles explore alternative approaches to suspension or expulsion.