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Zero Tolerance

California, 60 Years After Brown v. Board

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Angela Glover Blackwell

As the nation celebrates the 1954 Supreme Court landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, California is confronting its own troubling education reality.

It's About Education, Stupid!

Marsha Levick | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Marsha Levick

Our inattention to the educational needs of incarcerated school age youth is not new, however, and it is not limited to youth serving time in the juvenile justice system.

'Drug Endangered Children' Laws Will Do More Harm Than Good

Diane Goldstein | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Diane Goldstein

We have seen significant damage done to families through laws that replace common sense and an evaluation of individual circumstances with zero-tolerance laws that foster injustice.

Howard's Daily: Scrap Zero Tolerance Rules

Philip K. Howard | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Philip K. Howard

Fairness almost always requires context. That's why zero tolerance rules are counterproductive, fostering a culture of legal argument instead of being tethered to community norms of right and wrong.

No Tolerance for Zero Tolerance

Marsha Levick | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Marsha Levick

For too long, we have tolerated the imposition of severe consequences for simple mistakes -- at a cost we can no longer endure.

I Am My Brother's Keeper: Why We Must Change the Code

William Lynch III | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
William Lynch III

A cornerstone of the school-to-prison pipeline has been overly punitive school discipline codes, with disciplinary action applied disproportionately to people of color.

Why This Teen Is In Major Trouble Over A Knife

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.26.2014 | Crime

A Tennessee high school student is in hot water over what he sees as a big misunderstanding. David Duren-Sanner, 18, faces suspension and the poss...

Howard's Daily: For Better Schools, Overhaul School Discipline

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Philip K. Howard

Unfair school discipline is good for no one and corrodes school culture, as a recent Washington Post feature suggests. Schools should indeed have alt...

Beyond Our Broken Dreams

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Robert Koehler

Something beyond the insane dance of crime and punishment is happening, at least this year, this moment, in Chicago's high schools. Young people are getting a chance to excel and become themselves, as more and more schools find and embrace common sense, also known as restorative justice.

Zero Tolerance Is Mean and Stupid

Mark Daniel Snyder | Posted 03.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Daniel Snyder

We live in a society that seems to thrive on violence and punishment instead of creativity and compassion.

Zero Tolerance for Intolerance

David Moshman | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
David Moshman

Our intolerance of intolerance, in other words, must include intolerance of intolerant terms.

Life in the Emerging American Police State: What's in Store for Our Freedoms in 2014?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In Harold Ramis' classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over ag...

The End of Childhood in the Era of the Emerging American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
John W. Whitehead

It wouldn't be a week in America without another slew of children being punished for childish behavior under the regime of zero tolerance which plagues our nation's schools. Here are some of the latest incidents.

Corralling the Loners

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

It's time to step into a new relationship with our broken world. Our troubles aren't caused by socially or mentally defective loners. They're the result of unaddressed reality.

The Restorative Justice League of Le Grand High School Saves the Day

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Jane Ellen Stevens

It would be so easy to look at this dot of a place and assume that nothing cutting-edge is going on at its high school. But that would be so, so wrong.

Extreme Responses to Bullying Harm Us All

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

Extreme disciplinary responses can actually make the problem worse, and even hurt the very students they are designed to protect. To defend themselves, victims of bullying often see no other choice than to employ survival tactics, which could include carrying a weapon.

Beyond 'Zero Tolerance': A Pragmatic Approach to Teen Drug Education and School Discipline

Marsha Rosenbaum | Posted 11.11.2013 | Crime
Marsha Rosenbaum

When schools choose to move "beyond zero tolerance" in handling school discipline, they stop merely reacting to student misconduct -- and can begin to address its root causes.

Jason Linkins

Steve Stockman Discovers Some Love For Big Government Intrusion

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

Here's one for your "GOP small-government fetish is selective garbage" file: Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), endeavoring as always to present himself a...

Would a White Girl Be Prosecuted for a Botched Science Experiment?

Jesse Lava | Posted 07.02.2013 | Crime
Jesse Lava

The notion of a white girl getting hauled off to jail for a harmless expression of intellectual curiosity is dubious, to say the least. And though the rise of "zero tolerance" policies in American schools should theoretically be race-neutral, that's not the reality.

Right and Wrong Answers on School Safety

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Despite the loud voice of the National Rifle Association (NRA), scholars, experts on school safety, and teachers overwhelmingly disagree with turning schools into armed camps rather than places of nonviolent positive learning.

A Future Stuck in the Pipeline

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.04.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

The time has come to declare an end to this entire era -- of militarized racism, violent solutions to everything. Ending violence in our communities is a realistic focal point and immediately draws our attention to our bedeviled, militarized public education system.

Education Under Arrest: Taking America Out of Its Comfort Zone

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2013 | Media
Tavis Smiley

Schools have literally become gateways to prison, instead of gateways to learning. When we wrapped filming, I kept thinking to myself, "There has to be a better way." Thankfully, there is.

Ed Today: NYC Teachers' Free Pass? Charter School Lobbying Changes

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

NYC Teachers' Free Pass? The Wall Street Journal crunched eight years worth of data, and found that more than 10 percent of principals did not flunk one teacher on their evaluations. "The findings give ammunition to Department of Education officials who say the teacher-rating system should be changed," WSJ's Lisa Fleisher writes. "New York City is one of a handful of school districts statewide that hasn't adopted a new, more nuanced system of grading teachers. ... Under the current system, teachers are either rated unsatisfactory or satisfactory. Annually, less than 3% of teachers citywide are marked "unsatisfactory."

Hitting the Reset Button on Zero Tolerance

Lynda Bekore | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Lynda Bekore

For any student, the stigma and shame of a school suspension can be emotionally life-altering; for older students, suspensions become part of their permanent record, adversely affecting their chances of acceptance to college.

Kids' Recent School Suspensions Renew Debate Over Zero Tolerance

AP | MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 02.19.2013 | Parents

-- Waiting in line for the bus, a Pennsylvania kindergartener tells her pals she's going to shoot them with a Hello Kitty toy that makes soap bubbles...