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Zero Tolerance : Resisting the Drive for Punishment - William Ayers

Zero Tolerance

Resisting the Drive for Punishment

By: William Ayers (Editor), Bernadine Dohrn (Editor), Rick Ayers (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st November 2001
ISBN: 9781565846661
Number Of Pages: 368

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“Zero tolerance” began as a prohibition against guns, but it has quickly expanded into a frenzy of punishment and tougher disciplinary measures in American schools. Ironically, as this timely collection makes clear, recent research indicates that as schools adopt more zero tolerance policies they in fact become less safe, in part because the first casualties of these measures are the central, critical relationships between teacher and student and between school and community.

Zero Tolerance assembles prominent educators and intellectuals, including the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Michelle Fine, and Patricia Williams, along with teachers, students, and community activists, to show that the vast majority of students expelled from schools under new disciplinary measures are sent home for nonviolent violations; that the rush to judge and punish disproportionately affects black and Latino children; and that the new disciplinary ethos is eroding constitutional protections of privacy, free speech, and due process. Sure to become the focus of controversy, Zero Tolerance presents a passionate, multifaceted argument against the militarization of our schools.

Forewordp. vii
Introduction: Resisting Zero Tolerancep. xi
Narrativesp. 1
Ground Zerop. 3
Two Punches, Expelled for Lifep. 15
Arturo's Casep. 31
From the Jail Yard to the School Yardp. 42
Racial Profiling at School: The Politics of Race and Discipline at Berkeley Highp. 51
Decatur: A Story of Intolerancep. 64
America Still Eats Her Youngp. 77
Social Contextsp. 87
"Look Out Kid/It's Something You Did": Zero Tolerance for Childrenp. 89
How Distorted Coverage of Juvenile Crime Affects Public Policyp. 114
Zero Tolerance as Mandatory Sentencingp. 126
Education, Delinquency, and Incarcerationp. 136
Sexual Harassment Meets Zero Tolerance: Life in K-12 Schoolsp. 143
Sticks and Stones: The Jailing of Mentally Ill Kidsp. 155
Education and Activismp. 163
Zero Tolerance: A Basic Racial Report Cardp. 165
When Is Disproportionality Discrimination? The Overrepresentation of Black Students in School Suspensionp. 176
The ABCs of School Discipline: Lessons from Miami-Dade Countyp. 188
Finding Safety Where We Least Expect It: The Role of Social Capital in Preventing School Violencep. 202
Turning to Each Other, Not on Each Other: How School Communities Prevent Racial Bias in School Disciplinep. 219
The Role of Law in Policing Abusive Disciplinary Practices: Why School Discipline Is a Civil Rights Issuep. 230
Zero Tolerance: Reflections on a Failed Policy That Won't Diep. 256
Permissionsp. 265
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ISBN: 9781565846661
ISBN-10: 1565846664
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st November 2001
Publisher: The New Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1