New School-To-Prison-Pipeline Video Demonstrates Need For Return To Common Sense Discipline

Nov 12, 2013 by

Using Pop Culture Sitcoms Such as the “Saved by the Bell” and “The Cosby Show”, New Video Demonstrates Lunacy of ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policies

Washington, DC. – All across the country, an alarming number of students are suspended, expelled and even arrested for minor or trivial offenses. Instead of being sent to school guidance counselors to determine root causes of student misbehavior, young people are increasingly pushed into police stations, courtrooms and juvenile detention centers. In many schools, commonsense, age-appropriate discipline has been replaced by unforgiving ‘Zero-Tolerance’ policies. To demonstrate the lunacy of ‘Zero-Tolerance’ policies, Advancement Project today released a new video. The “push out” video is a remix of popular sitcoms ranging from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” to “The Cosby Show” to “Saved by the Bell” to demonstrate “before” and “after” approaches to school discipline.

 

“The message from the video is clear: all young people make mistakes; it’s part of growing up,” said Advancement Project Co-Director Judith Browne Dianis. “We need disciplinary policies which help students learn from their mistakes, not pay for them for the rest of their lives.”

 

Overly harsh school discipline policies have lasting consequences. Students arrested in schools are less likely to graduate from high school, to find jobs, to be able to enroll in college, or enlist in the military.

 

“Not only do these consequences hurt individual students, they are damaging local communities by limiting young people’s contributions to society,” said Browne Dianis. “When students are being arrested for shooting spit balls or for throwing a temper tantrum, clearly something is wrong.”

To learn more about the school-to-prison-pipeline or to view the video, click here. For more information, contact Jennifer Farmer at jfarmer@advancementproject.org.

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