The Schoolhouse Gate

The Schoolhouse Gate

Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind

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"The Schoolhouse Gate gives a fresh, lucid, and provocative account of the historic legal battles waged over education and illuminates contemporary disputes that continue to fracture the nation. Justin Driver maintains that since the 1970s the Supreme Court has regularly abdicated its responsibility for protecting students' constitutional rights and risked transforming public schools into Constitution-free zones. Students deriving lessons about citizenship from the Court's decisions in recent decades would conclude that the following actions taken by educators pass constitutional muster: inflicting severe corporal punishment on students without any procedural protections, searching students and their possessions without probable cause in bids to uncover violations of school rules, random drug testing of students who are not suspected of wrongdoing, and suppressing student speech for the viewpoint it espouses. Taking their cue from such decisions, lower courts have upheld a wide array of dubious school actions, including degrading strip searches, repressive dress codes, draconian "zero tolerance" disciplinary policies, and severe restrictions on off-campus speech. Driver surveys this legal landscape with eloquence, highlights the gripping personal narratives behind landmark clashes, and warns that the repeated failure to honor students' rights threatens our basic constitutional order. This magisterial book will make it impossible to view American schools--or America itself--in the same way again."--Dust jacket.
Contents: Early encounters with race, culture, religion, and patriotism
Freedom of expression from black armbands to BONG HiTS 4 JESUS
Suspensions, corporal punishment, and intolerable "zero tolerance" policies
Policing student investigations : searching students' bodies, suspicionless drug testing, and Miranda warnings
Equal protection I : racial segregation and the enduring battle over Brown v. Board of Education
Equal protection II : funding disparities, sex separations, and unauthorized immigration
The quiet détente over religion and education
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: 344.07 D
Characteristics: viii, 564 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781101871652


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This relatively new book by a University of Chicago law professor details all the ways the Supreme Court has influenced education in America. Must reading for those interested in 21st-century education.

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