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Spare the Rod: Punishment and the Moral Community of Schools

Campbell F. Scribner and Bryan R. Warnick


In Spare the Rod, historian Campbell F. Scribner and philosopher Bryan R. Warn investigate the history and philosophy of America’s punishment and discipline practices in schools. To delve into this controversial subject, they first ask questions of meaning. How have concepts of discipline and punishment in schools changed over time? What purposes are they supposed to serve? And what can they tell us about our assumptions about education? They then explore the justifications. Are public school educators ever justified in punishing or disciplining students? Are discipline and punishment necessar ... More

Keywords: discipline, restorative justice, corporal punishment, school exclusion, school-to-prison pipeline, suspension

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226785677
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226785844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Campbell F. Scribner, author
University of Maryland-College Park

Bryan R. Warnick, author
Ohio State University