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Homeroom SecuritySchool Discipline in an Age of Fear$
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Aaron Kupchik

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748206

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748206.001.0001

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Teaching to the Rules

Teaching to the Rules

(p.117) 4 Teaching to the Rules
Homeroom Security

Aaron Kupchik

NYU Press

This chapter sketches out one of the important lessons about contemporary school discipline: that the current emphasis on rules and punishments eclipses other school goals, often including even pedagogical goals. Rules are enforced for their own sake, with no corresponding attempt to solve underlying problems, teach students why the rules are in place, or resolve conflicts. Though zero-tolerance policies legitimize this climate, they do not cause it, since there is evidence of this problem occurring prior to their implementation. Similarly, the problem is not caused by the presence of police officers, though their presence does exacerbate it by introducing a stern law enforcement perspective that takes priority over a treatment- or resolution-oriented one.

Keywords:   contemporary school discipline, school goals, school rules, law enforcement, zero-tolerance policies

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