The issue involving violence in schools and how to address this issue
in the text by Albert Shanker and Alfie Kohn.
Shanker was a firm
believer in a zero
tolerance policy while Kohn advocates a policy that would establish a
sense of community
and building relationships that would curb violent tendencies in
wholeheartedly in establishing relationships with students so that a
trust is built between
teacher and students.
I do not believe you can be your most effective
as a teacher
However, I do believe in a zero tolerance policy for
read, I could see positives and negatives, agreements and
disagreements, with both
Is a zero tolerance policy a valid and legitimate way to
authority in public schools?
My position is this: Why can’t we have
Let me explain.
First, let’s look at the bottom line purpose of schools, that
being to educate
That can not be accomplished optimally without a safe and
physically and mentally, learning environment.
Unlike the picture Kohn
paints of a zero
tolerance policy, it does not have to be like a dictator-driven
claims proponents of a zero tolerance classroom envision “a classroom
full of docile,
unquestioning students . . . even if they aren’t learning much of
value, (who) don’t care
much about one another, and would rather be someplace else,” (as cited
in Noll, 2007, p.
That is not the case; as Shanker suggests, the classroom should
maintain “sufficient order,” (as cited in Noll, 2007, p. 308).
Teachers know a productive
classroom is filled with lively discussion and has students actively
engaged in their
School is a reflection of society, and it seems as if
violent crime begins at a
younger age with every passing decade.
How do we keep our classrooms
in a safe and
productive mode when a small minority of the students can be
violently, and inhibit the learning of the vast majority?
I agree with
Shanker in that
schools are best served with a zero tolerance policy for certain
actions, emphasis on
I also agree with Shanker in that those actions and consequences