Disciplining Our Youth

Education is a major source of concern in Black communities; they are understaffed and under resourced. Hence, our children are being gravely under served in perhaps the most important social institution. We are in the midst of a new wave of school reform in the nation and there are several models attempting to overturn this fate. Examples include schools focusing on Black male pride, health and wellness, or school culture and safety. The last focus is one I am most interested in because my observation has made me concerned although I have yet to make a judgment. In a school where the school culture strives to provide safety for its students, is it necessary to implement more rigid discipline measures? Can urban children have the freedom to express themselves in lunch and in the halls without threatening the well being of themselves and others?