There are anumber of issues and controversies which now face educators and communities.Among them are discipline and security; race, ethnicity, and equality; end ofcommon core; transgender bathrooms; and public versus privateeducation. All these issues could end up in court at some point due todisagreement and dissention in schools and communities.Discipline and security Violence in schools have increased,as the free expression of violence in society has increased.
In times past,only schools in inner-cities or rural areas worried about severe violentbehavior. School shootings in very small towns from California to New York, in all schools in the USA and districts, however diminutive, are compulsory tonow straightforwardly address the increased occurrences of school violence. Educatorshave been shocked to find children of all ages arriving armed as they enterschool halls. Schools have responded decisively. Many school districts have begun stayingclosed campuses to diminish the threat from strangers or unauthorized personsgaining access. Other districts necessitate that all persons on campus wearidentification in all areas. Schoolshave been forced to take more drastic measures when students come armed.
Manyconduct random searches (Oulton, Dillon, & Grace, 2004) or have installed metal detectors. While some people questionwhether or not these searches represent an illegal search and seizure, most stakeholders-parents, students, administrators, and teachers, feel that the infringement on civil libertiesis slight given the risk involved. Educators today recognize that the problemwill not be solved by metal detectorsalone.
Society needs to address the causal concern which makes children carryweapons. Many schools include conflict resolution and anger management as astandard element of the accepted socio-emotional curriculum. They also holdopen forums to resolve conflicts do peer resolution activities, and makecounseling more available. Another strategy for reducingviolence, in districts large and small are beginning to require uniforms intheir schools. (Oulton, Dillon, & Grace, 2004). It has been observed thatin gang infested areas, many outbursts lead back to the clothes worn bystudents. Identifying clothing, such as a particular style, color, or garmentcan lead to fights and bullying. By banning gang colors and markers and thenrequiring uniforms, administrators and school officials are able to preventmuch of the violence in their schools.
Uniforms can also cost less than buying designerwardrobes thereby reducing social class distinctions. In Littlefieldv. Forney Independent School District, Forney, Texas, a school board enforced the policy of schooluniforms. They also banned certain baggy and ill fitting clothes. Parents inLittlefield were denied when it was requested that their children be exemptedfrom the policies..
(Brode, 2016). They claimed that the policy on uniformsviolated their right as parents to dictate their children’s education andupbringing. They also claimed that it was a violation of religious freedoms, toessentially rank the validity of religions if they weren’t allowed to opt out.
Theplaintiffs appealed when the District Court dismissed the suit prior to trial.It was ruled that while valid, the students’ rights to speech were notviolated. They also ruled that better education would override the parents’right to control their children’s upbringing as applied to the situation schoolrules derived for the sake of safety occurred.