With Discipline as With So Much Else in Education, Choice is the Answer


What if there wasn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to school discipline? J.D. Tuccille writes:

There’s plenty of stupid to go around in public schools with the application of all flavors of discipline policies. The commonality here isn’t lenience or rigidity—it’s the government-run monopoly that still prevails for many Americans, despite growing options.

Advocates of educational choice have long argued that families are best served when they can pick among educational approaches. The idea is that some kids learn best when they pursue their own interests at their own pace, while others thrive in a structured environment. Some kids take in information best from lectures, while others soak up knowledge from the printed page. Solitary learners need one setting, and others do well in groups.

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