In academic institutions several challenges exist in regards to discipline
Today’s teachers and students have been exposed to increasingly violent
and hostile environments. In the circumstance that a student is endangering another
person, punishment should be swift and intolerant. However there are instances that
require a different penalty level that are balanced in relation to the offense.
There is a definable need for alternative programs, peer mentoring, family support and
cultural diversity programs, all offer variety of avenues that are valuable to society.
Although zero tolerance policies for weapons and physical acts of violence are
nessacary. In today’s society a need for understanding and compassion are increasingly
obvious. In the words of Milwaukee’s school Superintendent William Andrekopoulos,
“Students are being suspended by the thousand’s, many for minor infractions such as
disrupting class”. When a student disrupts class there should be an alternative to
suspension or expulsion. As a young man I experienced peer pressure in many way’s
although several instances were negative there was a time when I began smoking and
had friend that I respected a great deal, he did not approve of my smoking habit smoking
was not allowed in school and could be expelled. After several discussions
I was convinced to quit smoking just a single positive example of an alternate method.
The majority of young people aspire to gain the respect of their peers, mentoring
programs provide opportunity for successful students to influence others to create a
positive learning environment for all.
Family support just as imperative as all other aspects, this could be considered the
element that draws it all together. Without support from one’s family it can be expected
children may not develop the appropriate skills required to deal with conflict resolution
which can result...