Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the history of discipline in American schools and how it has changed over time.
  2. Describe the reasons zero tolerance policies were implemented during the 1990s across most public schools.
  3. Interpret the impact of zero tolerance school discipline and increased safety measures across school districts.
  4. Appraise how student discipline (suspensions and expulsions from school) have changed over the past 20 years, citing the more important reasons or explanations.
  5. Summarize how school discipline has disparately impacted students of color, those with special education disabilities, and those who identify as LGBT.