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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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(p.220) Epilogue
Homeroom Security

Aaron Kupchik

NYU Press

This epilogue expresses optimism that the conditions of school discipline may be improving. In particular, the author has remained in contact with Unionville High and Centerville High and has reported some progressive developments within these schools. Encouraging also are the legislative developments being implemented in the author's home state of Delaware. Yet there are reasons for this optimism to be tempered. It is hard to imagine that any new programs will be implemented or new counselors hired in the current economic climate, or that the public would mobilize in sympathy for the punishment of a student of color as they would a white one. Thus, this chapter stresses that changes both good and bad are taking place, especially as the public is called attention to the ridiculousness of the zero-tolerance policy and similar. It is hoped that as these incidents persist, the mounting public frustration might provoke real change.

Keywords:   school discipline, school legislation, zero-tolerance policy, school punishment, public support

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