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More Discipline?

by Sarah E Jones - February 14, 2005

What makes a successful school successful? There is not a single simple answer to this question. This commentary examines the common belief that one major hindrance is a lack of discipline in our schools. Specifically, it responds to an article in the September 9th, 2004 edition of the Christian Science Monitor written by Ruth A. Wooden. Wooden, president of Public Agenda, uses data collected by her agency to argue that "too many students are loosing critical opportunities for learning-and too many teachers are leaving the profession-because of an unruly, disrespectful, and sometimes violent atmosphere in American schools."

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 14, 2005
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11746, Date Accessed: 10/20/2020 11:10:11 AM

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  • Sarah Jones
    University of California, Santa Barbara
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    SARAH E. JONES is a Faculty Fellow, in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her dissertation research on effective schools, discipline and school culture was supported by the University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute dissertation grant. The title of her dissertation is "Studying 'Success' at an 'Effective' School: How a Nationally Recognized Public School Overcomes Racial, Ethnic and Social Boundaries and Creates a Culture of Success."
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