ERIC Number: ED106920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Discipline, Corporal Punishment, and Suspension.
Smith, Raymond C.
During the past decade, and especially since 1970, there have been great changes in the manner in which students are disciplined. The greatest single influence has not been the effort of enlightened educators or crusading boards of education, but rather change has taken place mainly as a result of decrees from our judicial system. A review of court litigation reveals that a student does not give up any of his rights when he enters the schoolhouse; that students are entitled to be heard and to receive due process; that when a student's rights are being protected, the school need not be afraid to act; and that continued judicial impact on education should be expected. The best way to minimize the role of the courts in education is to eliminate violations of law and individual rights. This can be done by reviewing district policies and practices and by training administrators to use procedures that are both legally acceptable and administratively effective. As helpful as these administrative steps are, nothing helps avoid discipline problems as much as a good instructional program--especially one that is effective in helping those students who are furthest behind in reading and math. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (35th, Miami Beach, Florida, April 1975); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document