Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Trouble With Zero-Tolerance Policies

A while back, I wrote about the ridiculous situation my son's school created with its zero tolerance program for physical contact between students: my son and his friend received the same punishment for exuberant (but friendly) chest bumping that a girl got for punching a child in the nose so hard it bled. I was reminded again by the insanity of these types of one-size-fits-all rules by an article in the New York Times about a 6-year-old boy who brought a cub scout fork/spoon/knife utensil to school and was subsequently suspended and threatened with 45 days in reform school. Any pretense of common sense goes out the window when these policies are implemented.

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