ERIC Number: ED178659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Decorum and Discipline: The Politics of Black Exclusion in Secondary Schools.
Billings, Charles E.
Data concerning the reported offenses of suspended students in a school district in the southeastern United States are examined to determine whether the disproportionate number of black student suspensions is due to ordinary problems of decorum or to actual challenges to the authority of the school. Offenses attributed to males and to females of both races are described. It is pointed out that the racial pattern of these offenses differs, with blacks being involved in a wider range of authority defiance than whites. This "non-consent" posture taken by blacks is held accountable for their higher suspension rates. Attached tables provide data, by race and sex, on: (1) suspension rates for three academic years; (2) "exclusion rates," i.e., rates based on the actual number of suspensions minus the expected number; (3) most frequently occurring suspendable offenses; (4) student fighting; (5) suspensions for refusing discipline; and (6) a rank ordering of offenses. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Based on a paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Black Political Scientists (Washington, D.C., March 22-24, 1979); Not available in paper copy due to reproduction quality of original document; Figure 1 may be marginally legible