ERIC Number: EJ832467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
A System Gone Berserk: How Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Affecting Schools?
Preventing School Failure, v53 n3 p153-158 Spr 2009
School administrators continue to use zero-tolerance policies as a one-size-fits-all, quick-fix solution to curbing discipline problems with students. Originally intended to address serious offenses such as possession of firearms, zero-tolerance policies are also now meant to address fighting and disrespect. Despite the seeming popularity of zero-tolerance policies, the evidence base is lacking. The literature suggests that zero-tolerance has flaws and school districts and administrators have misused it. When implemented, it typically equates to exclusion through suspension and expulsion: two disciplinary actions that have well-documented side effects. Researchers have indicated that there are alternatives to zero-tolerance that school administrators can use to curb discipline problems. The author discusses the history of zero-tolerance policies, its effectiveness, and alternatives.
Descriptors: Discipline Problems, Discipline, Violence, Zero Tolerance Policy, School Safety, Suspension, Expulsion, Antisocial Behavior, Administrators
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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