Controlling Student Conduct

Ackerly, Robert L.
April 1970
Education Digest;Apr1970, Vol. 35 Issue 8, p12
The article focuses on student conduct. It is informed that recent court decisions have tended in the direction of restraining the school from exercising many of the forms of control over student conduct which it and the community formerly accepted as normal and proper. To provide principals and other administrators with guidance on theft duties and powers as determined by constitutional and statutory interpretation, the National Association of Secondary School Principals has recommended what it considers defensible positions on 10 issues that may arise in any secondary school community. According to the courts, freedom of speech or expression can be exercised in ways other than talking or writing. It follows that there should be no restriction on a student's hairstyle or his manner of dressing unless these present a "clear and present" danger to the student's health and safety, cause an interference with work, or create classroom or school disorder. It has been stated that freedom of expression cannot legally be restricted unless its exercise interferes with the orderly conduct of classes and school work.


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