ERIC Number: ED134506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Conflict and Change: The School as Reality.
Diem, Richard A.
An examination of rules and regulations of five schools within a 15-mile radius in Cook County, Illinois, illustrates the diverse nature of behavior problems in schools. Overcrowding, race, poverty, and drugs are suggested by social scientists to be among the causes for disruptions within school systems. The schools in this study include an entirely black inner-city school; a multicultural, economically diverse school in an old established suburban community; a private parochial school with tuition of $1,900 per year; a school with students from predominantly upper and middle income classes; and a school which serves five culturally different suburbs. A comparison of guidelines for student behavior as codified in student handbooks is made. Punishable infractions range from excessive absences to abuses of property rights and use of dangerous drugs or illegal substances, i.e., guns and knives. Each school has different policies dealing with infractions: the private school institutes immediate expulsion for serious first offenses, whereas other schools hold conferences between school personnel and parents before expelling unruly students. The author points out that adolescents commit more crime per capita than any other age group. He urges that society as a whole must deal with problems of violence in order for the school to overcome discipline problems. (AV)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Problems, Comparative Analysis, Delinquency, Discipline, Discipline Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, School Policy, Social Problems, Student Behavior, Students, Violence
Richard A. Diem, Division of Education, University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas 78285 ($1.20 paper copy)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Washington, D.C., November 4-7, 1976)