Government's new approach to classroom discipline tackles apparent disparities in treatment of different races

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 8, 2014 11:54 p.m.

    Instead of campaign trips, our commander could set an example by teaching a math class to black students in downtown Washington DC.

    Show how fair enforcement of rules applies, and can be done. Actions speak louder than words.

  • JMHO Southern, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 9:31 p.m.

    I agree with an earlier post. If the punishment is different for minorities than whites, there is a problem. However if the problem is that more minorities are committing offenses, what should we do? Blame the school? The stats are there, however they were never given, only observations about the data. Sounds like a Trojan Horse to me.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    Good idea. While you're at this reform, make schools stop expelling students for drawing pictures of guns or using their hands as guns while playing at recess.

  • SWP Provo, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    If the problem is that minority students are unfairly targeted, then the problem isn't the zero-tolerance policies, it's the administrators that are racist. Urging schools to have more relaxed discipline won't solve a racism problem. Seems like the effort to change discipline policies is the wrong approach. Shouldn't changes be more about treating all students the same?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 11:53 a.m.

    The very people who insisted upon zero tolerance policies are now having a fit about them. Zero tolerance has always been a stupid idea. Suspending a five year old for having a squirt gun is just plain stupid.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal."- George Orwell.

    Neither Obama nor Holder support Rev. Martin Luther King's dream "...of the day when children will be judged on the content of their character, not the color of their skin."

    In fact, this is just the opposite, with bad, even criminal, behavior to be ignored or forgiven (and thus rewarded, encouraged and incentivized) just because the perpetrator is of a certain race.

    We use to call this sort of double standard "racism" and deplore it and attempt to stamp it out and condemn those who practiced it. Now, you are called a racist if you oppose racism. It is truly an Orwellian world.

  • Mom of Six Northern Utah, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 10:58 a.m.

    I think it is fair that we address the same behavior problems between races, this is only fair. Some of these stats though do not consider the fact that many of these minority students come from single parent homes or are in gangs. How do we address going lighter on punishment? Wow! So we want an almost impossible situation for teachers and administration to be more impossible without funding for afterschool programs. I'm glad I don't teach in a Title 1 school anymore....

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    Even for a group looking to score some political points at any moment's notice, this is a lose-lose for Obama. If it doesn't show the absolute futility and patronizing reach of the federal government, I don't know what does! The Dept. of Education should be abolished! The only people benefiting from this are the salaried workers doing busy work in Washington. Come on Liberals, at least admit how bizarre, futile, and absurd this is!

  • Zac Ogden, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 10:18 a.m.

    Affirmative action for discipline?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 9:13 a.m.

    Did the DOJ even bother to investigate these disciplinary cases. They ARE well-documented by the school, with oversight by the district administration and voted on by the local school board.
    Were these expulsions deserved or not?
    I'm going out on a limb here and posit that they found nothing amiss in the administration of the district rules. They simply want a more lenient set of rules for minorities.
    Such as mindset is wrong and will lead to lesser standards for minority students.
    Why have rules at all if they don't apply to all the students equally?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 8, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    * classroom discipline. Disparities in treatment of different races
    * rich vs the poor
    * income gap
    * war on women
    * racism
    * gay marriage

    Is America dividing, or uniting?

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 8:18 a.m.

    when are we going to get the federal government out of the business of running primary education. abolish the Dept of Education and let local government work. This is the most ridiculous thing I have seen from the Feds regarding primary education. what a joke