MEDIA ADVISORY Since 1965, there have been more than 1,500 cases in which a school’s right to discipline students was contested and subsequently considered in U.S. appellate courts. This dramatic turnaround has made school discipline more difficult than ever before and has undermined the quality of public education, argues New York University Professor Richard Arum in his new book, Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority (Harvard University Press). Arum, chair of NYU’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, will debate his findings on this topic with Sociologist Aaron Pallas, a professor at Teachers College-Columbia University, and NYU University Professor of Psychology Tom Tyler on Wed., Feb. 4, 3-4:30 p.m. on the NYU campus.

* WHAT: Roundtable Discussion-School Discipline   * WHO: Richard Arum, chair, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, NYU’s Steinhart School of Education; Aaron Pallas, professor of sociology and education, Teachers College-Columbia University; and Tom Tyler, NYU university professor of psychology   * WHEN: Wed., Feb. 4, 3-4:30 p.m.   * WHERE: Kimball Hall, 246 Greene St., 3rd Floor (between Waverly and Washington Place-1 block from Washington Sq. East) 

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