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Zero Tolerance

Be the Protector

Sheryl Olitzky | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Sheryl Olitzky

No one has the right to make any of us feel afraid because of the incitement of hate and acts of terror. The overwhelming majority of people only want to live in peace. We do not want our children and grandchildren to live in fear.

Get Cops Out of Classrooms

Alan Singer | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Police in schools and treating African-American and Latino students as criminals is not a uniquely South Carolina phenomenon. Since 1998, security guards in New York City schools are a division of the police department.

Moskowitz's 'Suspension' Academy's Code of Misconduct

Alan Singer | Posted 10.26.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Merrow also reported the suspension rates at Success Academy Charter schools are almost three times higher than in regular New York City K-12 public schools. Other studies have found similarly disproportionately high suspension rates at Success Academy schools.

Dear Ahmed Mohamed: I Know What You're Going Through

Kiera Wilmot | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Kiera Wilmot

I'm not worried about Ahmed's record because of all the support he has behind him. What I'm worried about is that he has three more years of high school -- three more years of hate and shade from students. Ahmed, if you're reading this, I want you to know that from this you can make a change.

Workplace Violence a Growing Problem for Health Care Workers

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Nurses and other health care workers, like law enforcement officers, are guardians of our communities, and their welfare demands protection. A first step is acknowledging and reporting the problems.

The Unthinkable Lives of So Many Black Boys: Where Are the Caring Adults?!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?

The American Police State from A to Z

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The warning signs are all around us. The question is whether you will organize, take a stand and fight for freedom, or will you, like so many clueless Americans, freely walk into the slaughterhouse?

Why Do Good Men Break Bad?

D.J. Wilson | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
D.J. Wilson

I sat in on a writer's group last night in Brentwood, Tennessee and was delighted to make the acquaintance of one wiry 83-year-old, retired educator who had a treasure of stories to share. One in particular caught my eye, so much so, that after receiving his permission, I'd like to share it with you.

Juvenile Justice and the War on Teens

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.04.2015 | Crime
Robert Koehler

Despite the enormous investment by governments at every level in court and penal systems, they don't work. That is to say, they make matters worse.

Zero Tolerance

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me." The speaker is testifying before the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He was a high school freshman at the time. Ah, school days!

Teaching About Policing and Race in America

Alan Singer | Posted 05.30.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

We live in a society that sorts out and channels Black and Latino youth into poorly performing schools where they must pass through metal detectors on a daily basis, into dead-end low paying jobs where and when jobs are actually available, and too often, into prison.

A Leaf Got A 6th Grader Suspended For A Year -- Because It Looked Like Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

A Virginia 6th grader was arrested and suspended from middle school for a year because of a leaf found in his backpack that an assistant principal tho...

Frat Boys on the Bus

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The punitive reactions against a few individuals or an isolated fraternity chapter are no more effective than any other punitive measures taken against scapegoats. They shut the door on something unpleasant, in the process heaping blame on isolated individuals that ought to be borne, or at least processed, collectively.

5 Powerful Stories About FGM/C You Need to Hear

Catherine Russell | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Catherine Russell

Female genital mutilation / cutting is not an easy subject to talk about. After all, it involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia.

Have Crime and Punishment Gone Too Far in the American Public Schools?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
John W. Whitehead

Roughly 1,500 kids are tied up or locked down every day by school officials in the United States.

The Militarized Divide

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.10.2015 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Either we're united by our common humanity or we live in a broken world, a nation hellishly divided against itself, a roiling stew of privilege and squalor. And no one in such a world is free -- that is to say, fully himself or herself, fully human.

The Game Is Rigged: Why Americans Keep Losing to the Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Being a citizen in the American police state is much like playing a game of cards against a stacked deck: you're always going to lose.

Restorative Justice and the Rebirth of Chicago

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.13.2015 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

RJ is about repairing harm, not punishing wrongdoers and, in the process, saddling them with a lifelong identity as criminals. It's also about telling the truth, and building relationships with truth as the bedrock. It's about connecting.

Why Many Inner City Schools Function Like Prisons

Alan Singer | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

I've come to realize that Common Core and its high-stakes assessments are just another piece in the school-to-prison pipeline.

Detroit Student Suspended For Rest Of The Year Over Pocketknife Found In Purse

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

A Detroit-area high school has suspended an honors student for the rest of the school year over a pocketknife the student says she had by accident. ...

Bully/Jerk -- It's Not the Same

Claire Wapole | Posted 12.07.2014 | Parents
Claire Wapole

Bullying is bad -- so bad in fact that I think the very title of "bully" needs to be reserved for those who really, truly are... bullies.The word "bully" is a loaded (or used to be loaded) word that is now used so often, that it's intended meaning is beginning to lose its impact.

Decriminalizing School Discipline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is critically important that public schools entrusted with educating and preparing children for college, work and life stop feeding them into the juvenile and criminal justice systems with zero tolerance policies. Denying a child an education is hardly in the child or society's best interest.

It's About More Than Football

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

This sends a very clear message to children in this country, boys in particular, who aspire to be athletes, or those who simply see these athletes as role models. The time has come to flip that message and make it one of zero tolerance.

NFL Has Opportunity to Enforce #NoHitting Policy

Areva Martin | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Areva Martin

We can't expect adults to refrain from violence if, as children, they learn it's acceptable when cloaked in terms of "discipline." We cannot interact in ways that rely on or revert to any form of physical and emotional battering, even if we label it "discipline" or "tough love."

Los Angeles Take Steps To Curb Arrests At Schools

AP | MATT HAMILTON | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students caught misbehaving in the nation's second largest school district will be sent to the principal's office rather than the...