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Getting rid of zero tolerance? Racial motivation?

Quote:Education experts blasted a recent Department of Justice directive, which they say seems to advocate a racial quota system for punishing school kids for such transgressions as being late or chewing gum in class.

The memo, jointly released by the departments of Justice and Education on Wednesday, urges public schools to ditch so-called "zero tolerance" policies the feds claim disproportionately affect minority students. The letter, which was sent to all public schools, said even well-intentioned policies are discriminatory if they end up being applied in greater proportion to minority children.

“Schools ... violate Federal law when they evenhandedly implement facially neutral policies and practices that, although not adopted with the intent to discriminate, nonetheless have an unjustified effect of discriminating against students on the basis of race," read the letter. "Examples of policies that can raise disparate impact concerns include policies that impose mandatory suspension, expulsion, or citation (e.g., ticketing or other fines or summonses) upon any student who commits a specified offense — such as being tardy to class, being in possession of a cellular phone, being found insubordinate, acting out, or not wearing the proper school uniform.”

Quote:The Attorney General was right, but if you look across the board, boys are being punished for simply being boyish,” Christina Sommers, a resident scholar for the American Enterprise Institute, told, referring to recent stories about how young male students were suspended and expelled for making a gun gesture with their finger and making a play weapon from a Pop Tart.

“It’s just the way they play, but the policy doesn’t allow for common sense.”

Sommers suggest that disciplinary issues need to be dealt with on a case by case basis.

“[Zero Tolerance] was originally designed to avoid litigation but the end result was injustice,” she said. “Students do not from it and they wind up becoming more alienated as a result.”

The first part of the article was kind of rough, saying that the zero tolerance policy hurts minorities, and punishment should be meted out more equally across racial lines.... Dodgy

But the second part actually was good...saying that zero tolerance is unfair to young boys just being boys, playing fake guns or doing boy things, and that's absolutely correct.

Not sure how the same article can be ridiculous and then turn common sense like that...but it did.
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Quote:...boys are being punished for simply being boyish

Why is this not sexist if girls are not punished for being girlish?

Zero tolerance is foolish because "educators" invent rules against things that are not even bad behavior, just normal behavior. We have had zero tolerance forever, but the bar was much higher. Now we have zero tolerance for free speech and Human behavior that is not deemed politically correct by the establishment of kooks who not only mess up kids but ruin entire communities with over taxation to pay off lawyers and unions.

It is so FUBAR now that actual bad behavior is ignored for fear of stepping on minority rights while constitutional legally protected behavior is punished.
If they do away with "zero tolerance" rules because they're trying to protect minorities, then it's still a win--"zero tolerance" is a horrible way to run a school.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
Camper;131316 Wrote:If they do away with "zero tolerance" rules because they're trying to protect minorities, then it's still a win--"zero tolerance" is a horrible way to run a school.

I totally long as they are not stricter on whites just to follow some sort of quota.
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Related: the federal judge who reviewed NYC's Stop and Frisk policy found it unconstitutional not because of the nature of the stops, but because it disproportionately affected minorities. If the NYPD starts harassing more whites then all is cool, apparently. Which totally misses the actual problem, that minorities (mostly) are being harassed because the search criteria are unreasonable regardless of the race of the "suspects".

The real problem isn't so much who is being searched (although that's an undesirable side effect of the broad discretion given to officers to pick and choose who to harass), the core issue is that officers are being encouraged to treat even the most trivially "suspicious" circumstances as reason to assume that the people they encounter are engaged in criminal activity.
I am not a lawyer.
Like I long as they don't just start throwing whites in jail "just to make it fair".......
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