Re: “Racial disparities reflected in state school districts’ discipline rates” (TNT, 6-8).
Rationalizing the aberrant behavior of ethnic minority youth as reflections of their subcultures is a poor strategy for effective teaching. It is also an insult to ethnic families who are law-abiding citizens.
Appropriate behavioral standards for all are necessary for student learning and well-being. Anything that disrupts this environment should not be tolerated, no matter what the excuse.
The 1940s and ’50s, although focused on individual rights and responsibilities, were thought to have been too rigid, judgmental and biased against minorities. This exclusion from full citizenship was …