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Dangerous Schools: What We Can Do About the Physical and Emotional Abuse of Our Children

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Dangerous Schools: What We Can Do About the Physical and Emotional Abuse of Our Children

Irwin A. Hyman, Pamela A. Snook

ISBN: 978-0-787-94363-9 July 1999 Jossey-Bass 288 Pages

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From the inner-city to the suburbs, thousands of school childrenare being systematically subjected to mandatory classroom policieswhich inflict both physical and emotional harm. Hundreds of schoolofficials from across the country have been found guilty of sexualharassment, the illegal use of undercover agents, strip searches,corporal punishment, verbal abuse, punitive isolation, and otherforms of institutional abuse. In Dangerous Schools, Professor IrwinHyman and Pamela Snook, passionate advocates against theinstitutional maltreatment of children, reveal exactly what isgoing on in our nation's schools and what we must do aboutit.

"This book makes a strong argument against school abuses and offersclear and proven strategies for change. It will appeal to parentswho suspect that their children have been maltreated by educatorsand for advocates who desire a blueprint for socialchange."---James Garbarino, codirector, Family Life DevelopmentCenter, Cornell University; author, What Children Can Tell Us
Introduction.

Physical Maltreatment in the Classroom.

Psychological Maltreatment in the Classroom.

Attacks on Children's Sense of Justice and Democracy.

Drugs, Dogs, and Discipline: Double Messages in theSchoolhouse.

Mortality, Sex, and Censorship.

Toxic Punishments, Laws, and Litigation.

Taking A Stand: What to Do If Your Child Is Maltreated inSchool.

Taking Action: Understanding the Playing Field and How to Make itEven.

How Can Schools Be Democratic and Stop Maltreatment?
"This book makes a strong argument against school abuses and offersclear and proven strategies for change. It will appeal to parentswho suspect that their children have been maltreated by educatorsand for advocates who desire a blueprint for social change." (JamesGarbarino, codirector, Family Life Development Center, CornellUniversity; author, What Children Can Tell Us)

"Dangerous Schools is a welcome antidote to the politics of "zerotolerance" that grip so many schools today. By combining passionateadvocacy with anecdotal and scientific observations, the authorsshow how authoritarian practices like strip searches, undercoveroperations, and corporal punishment can extinguish our children'ssense of security, freedom, and justice. A must read for all thosewho care about what is going on in our schools today." (LorenSiegel, director of public education, American Civil LibertiesUnion)

"A passionate and relatively practical contribution for parents andeducators who are concerned about disciplinary abuses of studentsin some public schools." (Perry A. Zirkel, Iacocca professor ofeducation, Lehigh University)