DC Process: Just or Unjust?
by The Milton Measure on Friday, September 30th, 2011
The debate surrounding DC process is almost as old as the system itself.
Is it fair? Is the administration trying to get students in trouble? In my opinion, Milton students are incredibly lucky to have such a unique disciplinary system. First of all, we all benefit from Milton Academy not being a one-strike school, a school where after just one violation of a major school rule a student should expect to be expelled.
This gives students room to make some mistakes and still receive the quality education we all came to Milton for.
Secondly, we are fortunate to have a discipline process where the student leaders have a voice in the decision. I understand the desire for high school students to rebel against authority and complain about the rules; however, we must to realize, and acknowledge, that the system at Milton benefits us more than it hurts us.
That being said, the system certainly is not perfect. The process here at Milton promotes the American ideal of the right to trial—or in our case the right to a DC. The similarities between the two systems also include their flaws. Specifically, two people can commit almost identical offences but receive different punishments.
Though rare, these incidence serve only to increase friction between faculty and students.
Many other students believe the system is flawed in that some DC’s seem unnecessary or excessive. Chimene Cooper, Class II, says, “[students] should have a say in the mediocre DC offenses, the things that people don’t need to get DC’d about but still do.”
I think perfection is far too lofty a goal, but we should continue to debate and discuss what we can do to improve the system. Students need to realize that though the disciplinary system at Milton has its flaws, it also has some benefits.
Karintha Lowe, Class I, offers an outlook that could help improve the relationship between the administration and the students, “I think it’s frustrating that the DC system has flaws but I feel like all in all the administration does the best that they can.”
In my opinion, the best way to amend this problem is to add more transparency to the system. Allowing students to ask questions at assembly immediately after DC statements are read would allow controversial DC’s to be discussed openly with the deans.
The current statements read more like medieval proclamations than sincere messages. Allowing an open dialogue about the process would also serve to prevent the spread of rumors.
Overall, the system is not broken, nor is it truly unfair; yet, it could benefit greatly from some minor improvements.
Simple things, such as a Q&A after DCs could do a tremendous amount to make the system the best it can be.
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