Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children Revised

The Downside of Zero Tolerance

  • Many incidents where children break the rules involve lapses in judgment which are developmentally normal. Inflicting automatic, severe punishments causes an erosion of trust in authority figures. Kids become fearful – not of each other, but of the rules because they think they will break them by accident. During the era of zero tolerance, levels of anxiety in students have gone up, not down.
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