Sunday, June 3, 2007

More Governing Schools through Crime

With graduation in the air, more stories are appearing of crime and punishment models infiltrating our high schools. An AP story in today's NYT describes the situation of five students denied diplomas (they still get to graduate) because friends or family cheered during their walk across the stage despite an admonition to hold all applause until the end of the ceremony. Because parents signed a contract promising to act in a dignified way, it may be tempting to view this as a more civil action (even if a bit over the top) until you read that students denied diplomas could get them back by doing 8 hours of community service!

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