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Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Trauma-Informed, Critical Race Perspective on School Discipline

Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Trauma-Informed, Critical Race Perspective on School... Disciplinary policies in schools throughout the United States disproportionately affect students of color through exclusionary policies. A punitive approach can have detrimental effects on a population that also experiences higher rates of trauma. This article identifies school disciplinary practices that may retraumatize and criminalize youths and suggests replacing exclusionary discipline practices with trauma-informed ones that prioritize social–emotional support to students. Critical race theory (CRT) is an appropriate theoretical framework to guide the development of trauma-informed schools. Suggestions are provided for school social workers as key change agents in the issue of school discipline. The integration of CRT and trauma-informed practice is emphasized, as both are essential tools for dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Children & Schools Oxford University Press

Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Trauma-Informed, Critical Race Perspective on School Discipline

Children & Schools , Volume 42 (3): 8 – Aug 24, 2020

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Publisher
Oxford University Press
Copyright
© 2020 National Association of Social Workers
ISSN
1532-8759
eISSN
1545-682X
DOI
10.1093/cs/cdaa016
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Abstract

Disciplinary policies in schools throughout the United States disproportionately affect students of color through exclusionary policies. A punitive approach can have detrimental effects on a population that also experiences higher rates of trauma. This article identifies school disciplinary practices that may retraumatize and criminalize youths and suggests replacing exclusionary discipline practices with trauma-informed ones that prioritize social–emotional support to students. Critical race theory (CRT) is an appropriate theoretical framework to guide the development of trauma-informed schools. Suggestions are provided for school social workers as key change agents in the issue of school discipline. The integration of CRT and trauma-informed practice is emphasized, as both are essential tools for dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline.

Journal

Children & SchoolsOxford University Press

Published: Aug 24, 2020

Keywords: critical race theory; restorative justice; school social work; school-to-prison pipeline; trauma-informed schools

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