The Problem with Zero Tolerance and Push Out Strategies
On March 4, 2015, I had the privilege of keynoting the National Youth At Risk Conference for the second time. In meeting with many of the participants who attended the keynote and my follow-up session, as well as what I’ve observed in my visits to schools around the country and in feedback from educators worldwide, I am dismayed to see that we are still, in general, looking for a bigger hammer for dealing with discipline problems and academic failure.
The concerns I expressed in my 2001 book, Creating Emotionally Safe Schools, have, if anything, gotten worse. Fourteen years later, the numbers haven’t changed much. (Please contact me if you have specific data that indicates a significant change.) So I thought it might be time to add yet another excerpt from this book to address the concerns that educators continue to report. (Click here to read more…)
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