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Punishing Schools: Fear and Citizenship in American Public Education

reviewed by David M. Schimmel - October 04, 2006

coverTitle: Punishing Schools: Fear and Citizenship in American Public Education
Author(s): William Lyons and Julie Drew
Publisher: University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor
ISBN: 0472099051, Pages: 255, Year: 2006
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Punishing Schools is a sweeping indictment of the zero tolerance culture of America’s public schools and of our nation. In this culture, schools punish and are punished. They are punished by a society that disinvests in public education—especially in poor neighborhoods. Schools become instruments of punishment by criminalizing youth through a zero tolerance approach to conflict that erodes the distance between prison and school. This 203-page indictment is based on a multitude of sources that supplement the authors’ numerous interviews and includes newspaper reports, school documents, books, articles, plus more than 30 pages of detailed notes. The book’s five chapters provide extensive evidence that support the authors’ accusations. Punishing Schools begins with a dramatic account of the authors’ visit to a prosperous suburban Ohio high school where they witnessed a lockdown for a random drug search. For Lyons and Drew, witnessing the drug search was a powerful and symbolic event that they... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 04, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12768, Date Accessed: 9/19/2020 6:47:34 AM

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  • David Schimmel
    University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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    DAVID SCHIMMEL is Professor of Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Visiting Professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. His most recent book is Teachers and the Law, 7th Edition 2007 Allyn & Bacon (with Louis Fischer & Leslie Stellman) and he is currently working on a national survey of what teachers know and donít know about school law and where they get their information and misinformation.
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