Problems, Politics, and Possibilities
Preface - Shirley R. Steinberg ix
ixPreface Preface If I had been told thirty years ago that I would be associated with schools and writing a preface for discipline in schools…I wouldn’t have believed it. Discipline was always a word that was about me when I was in school; then became a word pertaining to some of my kids when I became a mother. It was a word that meant there was a disconnect between the expectations of the school and the expectations of either me, or my own children. Most of the time, I was quite sure that the school was the party with the inappropriate expectations. As a daughter, I was in trouble most of the time. A very literal mother, one who did not understand nuance, or negotiate, raised me. My mother had many rules: most were absolutely ridiculous. Indeed, my own mothering was formed in becoming everything my mother was not. Mom also had an uncanny ability to choose a punishment, which never ﬁt the crime (sort of like school teachers and administrators). I muse at the fact that the two institutions, which are known for punishment and discipline: parents/caregivers and schools, often delegate a consequence, which has nothing to do with a rule infraction. Possibly my mother was a frustrated educator. I went away to school at 17, and I knew that I would not have to follow arbitrary rules. As a student, I was in trouble a lot of the time, for interrupting in class, for arguing, or for...
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