• Brad

What we know about school safety

Updated: Jun 5

Release date: April 25, 2022


My guest for this episode is Aaron Kupchik, Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware and the author of numerous articles and books, including the award-winning Judging Juveniles: Prosecuting Adolescents in Adult and Juvenile Courts and Homeroom Security: School Discipline in an Age of Fear. For the last two decades, Aaron has calmly and assertively promoted the research about what actually makes schools safer, even when that research goes against popular opinion. Links to some of the research we cite in this episode, including an interview with Aaron from USA Today, are below. Aaron and I also answer a listener's question about mitigating anxiety when conducting safety drills in schools.


Biography of Aaron Kupchik


Aaron Kupchik is Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. His research focuses on juvenile justice, the policing and punishment of youth in schools, and racial inequality among juveniles. He is author of The Real School Safety Problem: The Long-term Consequences of Harsh School Punishment, Homeroom Security: School Discipline in an Age of Fear, and Judging Juveniles: Prosecuting Adolescents in Adult and Juvenile Courts.



Resources


Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2020

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2021/2021092.pdf


"Rethinking School Suspensions" by Aaron Kupchik in Contexts

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/15365042221083005


"Defund police in schools? How the movement got momentum after George Floyd's death" in USA Today

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2020/06/11/defund-police-school-george-floyd-death-protests/5338940002/



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