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The Associated Press is reporting that the Obama administration is planning to ease some of the Draconian disciplinary measures that it made school districts dependent on in the grant-writing process starting in 1980’s and 90’s, commonly known as “zero-tolerance.”
The story discusses mainly the impacts have had on creating racial disparities. The AP writes:
In American schools, black students without disabilities were more than three times as likely as whites to be expelled or suspended, according to government civil rights data from 2011-2012. Although black students made up 15 percent of students in the data collection, they made up more than a third of students suspended once, 44 percent of those suspended more than once and more than a third of students expelled.
While I don’t doubt these numbers, I also belief that it should really be the principal of the thing that should determine a policy, not just the effect or disparity in enforcement. The real problem here is the government schools and what real bastions of authoritarianism and subjugation they are.
Parents and students–especially poorer ones–have next to no options in education except to participate in the state school which is funded through predatory taxation (not earning its funding through mutual consent) and which uses force to compel kids to attend via the districting system.
This is lunacy. If governments really want to keep kids from the evil and violent “zero tolerance” policies that they themselves created, they’ll withdraw completely from the education sector and allow for a 100% privatized system of choice-based education and repeal all coercive forced attendance laws. If this were the case, anytime a student was being abused by an administration, his parents could immediately exit the school and find a suitable replacement based on their values.
The problem is not just “zero tolerance.” It’s state control of learning. The problem will never be solved until we have full educational freedom, which means full separation of school & state.