DOJ spends nearly $2m to see if student-administered ‘youth courts’ can stop bullying

DOJ spends nearly $2m to see if student-administered ‘youth courts’ can stop bullying
Screenshot: 'Lord of the Flies' (1990)

[Ed. – Seems we’ll do absolutely anything other than the one thing that would really work: make sure these kids have fathers, in father-mother homes.  Stop being wishy-washy and quasi-approving about cohabitation, unwed pregnancy, and single motherhood.  They’re not mere lifestyle choices; they’re a slow-rolling civilizational disaster.]

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is spending nearly $2 million to see if courts run by teenagers can be a viable tool to fight school bullying.

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) tasked WestEd, a San Francisco-based education research group, late last year to study the effectiveness of “youth courts,” where the roles of judge, jury, defense, and prosecution are filled by students, who can then administer punishment in middle and high schools.

“Reports of violence, bullying, and other offenses have resulted in concerns about school safety,” according to the NIJ grant. “Administrators, anxious to restore order, have adopted policies focusing on punishment that often results in removing students from school. Research indicates that such punishments do not increase school safety, but push youth, particularly minority students, out from mainstream education.”

The grant argues that rather than adult administrators disciplining students, the students should punish each other. …

“School-based youth courts have been implemented in over 400 sites nationally,” the grant continued. “However, despite their popularity, there has been no rigorous study of their effectiveness. This project proposes a national impact study of the four most common school-based youth court models.”

The study will cost taxpayers $1,836,976 to study different types of youth courts, which can be run through a school or partnership with a juvenile justice program or community group.

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