People need self-discipline everyday whether at work, at home, or at play, but all of a sudden discipline is a dirty word. Well, it isn't "all of a sudden", it's been creeping into school systems for years now and the result is a whole bunch of people with no self-control but great self-esteem.
That being said, with the 2012-2013 school year upon us, the new School Code of Conduct from the Chicago Public Schools is out! I wrote the article below, back in May, about how the City Council and CPS believed that there were too many out-of-school suspensions, so they went forth with their proposed plan of "Restorative Justice", as well as, cutting the number of days a student can be suspended by about half. It is about the numbers, after all.
The levels of misconduct are labeled 1-6 and are described as follows:
Group 1 lists behaviors that are inappropriate.
Group 2 lists behaviors that disrupt.
Group 3 lists behaviors that seriously disrupt.
Group 4 lists behaviors that very seriously disrupt.
Group 5 lists behaviors that most seriously disrupt.
Group 6 lists behaviors that are illegal and most seriously disrupt.
For the last two Groups, 5 and 6, limited suspensions, expulsion hearings, and calling the police are the interventions and consequences, but for Groups 1-4 things like a Self-Reflection Sheet, Peace/Healing Circles, and Peer Juries are some of the first measures administration is supposed to take with students. I say administration because, as quoted from the SCC, "The school principal or designee is responsible for assigning the appropriate interventions and consequences to address the inappropriate behavior and must also respect the rights of any student accused of inappropriate behavior."
The students, I am sure, will love these new "effective responses" because all of this will most likely take place during their class time.
It's a good thing the school day was lengthened, so now there is enough time to waste on this nonsense and still get in a full day's work. I can see the increase in the test scores already, can't you?
You can read the entire School Code of Conduct by clicking this link: