Zero Tolerance Pros And Cons

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Zero Tolerance Policy Julie Thomas Arkansas State University Zero Tolerance Policy Introduction Several years ago, after the tragedy at Columbine, school districts around the nation initiated zero-tolerance policies aimed at the suppression of dangerous student behavior (Noll, 2012). In the beginning, the focus of zero tolerance was on the elimination of weapons but soon became the elimination of drugs whether legal or illegal (Noll, 2012). According to research , nearly 95 percent of schools in the United States, had zero-tolerance policies in 2006 and almost half of them reported taking serious actions against students (Noll, 2012). Those actions include expulsion, suspension, and transfer to an alternative school.…show more content…
With zero-tolerance, parents report that they believe their children are not in jeopardy (Dwyer, 2000). Regardless of where the child goes to school, the behavior expectations are the same. Zero-tolerance creates a safe haven for students. The students are able to learn without a fear of violence. Students feel safer knowing that transgressions will be dealt with in no uncertain terms (Dwyer, 2000). Parents as well as the community are comfortable with schools that have zero-tolerance in place. 1. The second pro of zero tolerance speaks of the deterrent effect. The prompt and definite punishments of zero tolerance have a deterrent effect upon students, thus improving overall student behavior and discipline. The perception of deterring future misbehavior is central to the philosophy of zero tolerance, and the impact of any consequence on future behavior is defining characteristic of effective punishment. Consequently, zero tolerance discourages future misbehavior. The students have a clear message of the school’s discipline policy. 2. The third pro of zero tolerance addresses the school climate. Removal of students who violates school rules will create a school climate…show more content…
As research points out the advantages and disadvantages of zero tolerance, schools are fighting the war of violence. It is time to make the shifts in policy, practice, and research to implement policies that can keep schools safe and secure for learning. Reference: American Bar Association. (2001). Zero Tolerance Policy Report. Washington D.C. American Bar Association, Juvenile Justice Committee DeFour, D.C. (2005) Gender and ethnicity issues in school violence. In F. Denmark, H.H. Krauss, R.W. Wesner, E. Midlarsky, & U.P. Gielsen (Eds), Violence in Schools: Cross-National and cross-cultural perspectives(pp.85-99). New York: Springer. Dwyer, K. Safeguarding our children: An action guide. National Assoication of School Psyhcologist. Ewing, C. (2000, January 1). Sensible zero tolerance protects students. . Retrieved June 25, 2014, from http://www.edlettr.org Fine, M. (2006). Why urban Adolescent drop into and out of public high school. Teachers College Record, 87,393-409 Noll, J. (2012). Issue 18. Taking Sides (Clashing view on Educational Issues). :
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