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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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Too Much Discipline

(p.1) Introduction
Homeroom Security

Aaron Kupchik

NYU Press

This introductory chapter argues that much of the new homeroom security prevalent in schools today is a response to fear and general insecurities rather than careful, evidence-based deliberation. Though it is compelling to argue that contemporary school punishment and security is a response to Columbine and other school shootings, such an explanation oversimplifies a complex trend that began long before Columbine. As a result, school discipline policies are overly simplistic reactions to fears that appease demands for harsh accountability. Though they may be well-intentioned, these policies often are not based on evidence of what actually works to help the problems schools and students face.

Keywords:   homeroom security, school punishment, school security, Columbine, school discipline policies

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