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Lecture 4

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EDUC 3610
Nick Scarfo

September 17, 2012   Were you pleased with the way discipline handled in your school? o Very poorly o Inadequate discipline for actions o Zero tolerance o The strap  2006-2007 was the last year of zero tolerance o 112829 pupils suspended in Ontario in that one year o 1889 students were expelled o The number of suspensions issued was almost twice as high - 201,224 o Many students are suspended multiple times o Suspensions for truancy -> punished for missing class  Made no sense  Are schools too quick to suspend? o Some say principals act hastily in giving students the boot while frustrated Ontario teachers struggling to keep order  Bill 212 o Replaces the current mandatory suspensions with a more discretionary model o Instead of requiring a suspension to be imposed where a "mandatory suspension infraction" has occurred, "CONSIDER" imposing a suspension o Teachers can discipline actions on school PROPERTY and during school TIME  Now teachers can only discipline if the action has a direct link towards the classroom and students' actions o Adding "bullying" to the list of infractions for which suspension must be considered o Removing the power of principals to expel and the power of teachers to suspend o Requiring that a suspension shall be for no less than one school day and no more than 20 school days o Extending the right to discipline to include actions that are off school property and outside of school activities where the activity has an impact on the school climate o Replacing the existing regime of mandatory suspensions and expulsions with a more discretionary model o Requiring schools to provide programs to suspended pupils
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