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Restorative Conferencing
Restorative conferencing
The Problem with Punishment for Disciplinary Offenses

When a student commits a serious disciplinary offense, it is common, especially under the regime of “zero tolerance,” for the offender to be isolated from the context in which the offense occurred and then suspended permanently from the school. Such action is often framed as strong leadership by the school administration and justified as protective of the majority of the school community by getting rid of the “few” dangerous elements. The problem with this logic is that often the strong action succeeds, not in reducing violence in the school, but in shifting it ...

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