ERIC Number: ED057148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Law and Order in Classroom and Corridor. NCRIEEO Tipsheet, Number 6.
Roye, Wendell J.
With the increase in the number of newly desegrated and not yet integrated schools has come a rise in reports of student behaviors considered anti-school and anti-teacher. Many institutions are strengthening security personnel to enforce order and discipline. But community reaction to "police" may be more destructive than the unacceptable behavior of children. Student participation in administration does not necessarily reduce or eliminate the occurrence of such behaviors, which are not in themselves a new phenomenon. Hiring uniformed guards is more of a new act which everyone confronted with serious discipline problems does not do. A more positive and constructive approach is the continual evaluation of discipline standards in all schools, integrated or segregated. Teachers must take into account the many factors which comprise natural barriers not only to the learning process but to human interaction as well. The disadvantaged have a "second education" quite different from that institutionalized by Jews, Chinese, and Japanese: it is a "reality education" with one's social and even physical survival at stake. This informal education is uniquely divergent from the formal education attempted in schools. Employment of the symbols of law enforcement to coerce surface conformity to the standards of schools is demeaning to both guards and students, and ultimately self-defeating. (JM)
Descriptors: Culture Conflict, Desegregation Effects, Disadvantaged Youth, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Police Action, Police Education, Police School Relationship, School Administration, School Attitudes, School Desegregation, Security, Student Alienation, Student Behavior, Student School Relationship, Student Teacher Relationship
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for Research and Information on Equal Educational Opportunity.