Growth of Disorder in High Schools
Rising Tide of Student Defiance and Violence
The nation's public schools are about to open their doors to what is likely to be their most critical year for disciplinary management since the schoolmaster put away the birch rod. The private schools will have their troubles, too, but they are still in position to pick and choose, to suspend and expel, as they see fit, and they are not so hemmed in by bureaucratic controls nor so harassed by conflicting pressures. The public schools, holding a mandate for mass education but possessed of inadequate resources and involved in social crises beyond their control, are in for a rough time, and most of their teachers and administrators know it. The trouble is ...