A number of researchers have questioned the efficacy of punitive punishments, such as out-of-school suspension and expulsion, to alter student behavior. And organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union
have described suspension from public school and early experience with the juvenile justice system as a key piece of the “school-to-prison pipeline.” According to a 2007 report from the non-profit Texas Appleseed, for example, over 80 percent
of the adults in Texas prisons had dropped out of school. A panel of child psychologists and educational policy experts joins guest host Manoush Zomorodi to discuss how rethinking discipline and punishment could prevent the alienation of students and break down this link between schools and prisons.