ERIC Number: ED069827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May-20
Reference Count: 0
The Problem of Discipline/Control and Security in Our Schools. Position Paper, Number 1.
National Urban League, Inc., New York, NY.
A survey in the fall of 1969 revealed that of the 51 major cities which responded to a questionnaire, only four did not employ their own security officers or use city policemen in daily school operations. It is contended that it is impossible for a favorable climate for learning to be established within this type of environment. Further, it is believed that this visible manifestation of the problem of security in the schools only represents the surface of a much greater problem. It is the position of the National Urban League (NUL) that security personnel and armed policemen should generally be removed as permanent fixtures in our schools. NUL should call on students, community members, and educational personnel to determine ways to develop a climate for learning in the public and private schools. These groups must form an effective coalition directed toward quality education in an atmosphere of trust, cooperation, and mutual respect. The problem of "security" in the schools is nothing new to the established American educational experience. The use of law enforcement agencies to insure safety of the children and the smooth operation of schools is deeply rooted in American history. The unchallenged use of more and more security forces in our schools must be reversed. [Due to the quality of the original, parts of this document are not clearly legible.] (Author/JM)
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Authoring Institution: National Urban League, Inc., New York, NY.