Project 21: Stats on school discipline don't tell the whole story

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

corporal punishment paddleAn Obama-era education policy intended to counteract disproportionate levels of discipline on minority students who misbehave is being criticized for looking more at the "what" than the "why."

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is continuing her review of President Obama's effort to reduce the reporting of violent behavior by minority students. The Obama-era policy is aimed at ending the "school-to-prison" pipeline by reporting less criminal behavior by minority students. Liberals argue racism is involved, but Derryck Green of Project 21 says the reasons have to be looked at with greater scrutiny.

Green

"Rather than simply looking at the statistics and seeing that black students are disciplined more often than their white counterparts, they should have taken the time to look into the reasons why black, and increasingly Hispanic, students have been disciplined and/or expelled," he tells OneNewsNow

Gail Heriot with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has stated that minority students misbehave more because they're more likely to come from poor and fatherless households. Green argues that those students can benefit from discipline.

"The rescinding of this policy isn't based off of some sort of racial discrimination," the Project 21 researcher states. "It's actually [a] benefit for those children who need to learn discipline and for the protection of other students and teachers."

Heriot wrote in January that the policy needs to be rescinded since it has introduced a higher level of "danger" to schools.

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