The “Community” Element of Education

Two law students involved in the Stand Up for Each Other! (SUFEO!) movement in New Orleans debunk the popular misconceptions surrounding zero tolerance. Tyler Whittenberg argues that legislation surrounding the policy is illogical, especially given that when students are expelled, they are usually being sent to the environment that triggers the punishable behavior in the first place.

In the video, Tyler discusses zero tolerance, how “Katrina fatigue” impacts New Orleans’ youth and the importance of establishing an education for all of society. Law student and SUFEO! advocate Anna Lellelid also dissects the results of underfunding schools.

  • Ernestine S. Whittenberg

    I agree with these two young Children Advocates, until human beings come together as one and care for all the future of our children is at risk. We need to dig deep and help young children, end their pain from various causes and show them they can have a good life with our help. No more sweeping issues under the rug just to avoid unpleasantness.

  • Nashia Whittenburg

    I agree with the sentiments from both representatives; in particular as it relates to Tyler’s comments regarding “Katrina Fatigue”. The rhetoric isn’t practiced, bringing in the community element to build society as a whole will change our mindset as well as our society FROM rhetoric TO practice and FROM practice TO community.

  • Maria Taylor

    Congratulations to Tavis for spotlighting a growing problem which escalates illiteracy! We must reach parents
    Or mentors to continue to fight for our at risk youth. Expulsion often increases our incarceration numbers.

  • Nina Morel

    I appreciate the work that these young advocates and Tavis are doing to highlight this issue in New Orleans and the culture at large. Policymakers have ignored decades of research about what motivates human communities and listened instead to the political script that plays uses fear to encourage a division which benefits no one. All children are OUR children and our future. We have a collective responsibility as a society to foster a growth model instead of a punitive model in our schools and our juvenile justice system.

  • Johanna

    I am a Special Education teacher in Detroit Michigan. I have found that the Zero Tolerance policy is designed to punish students who have not been ‘parented’ in an effective manner. We have taken our frustrations about the student’s behavior only on the student with no accountability for the parent. Many of my parents are not ‘present’ meaning they are not wholly invested in their student’s success in the classroom and society.

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