The Public Interest

The Courts Are Not Killing Our Children

Edward A. Wynne & Julius Menacker

Spring 1982

THE Summer 1981 issue of The Public Interest carried a piece by Edward A. Wynne titled “What Are the Courts Doing to Our Children?” The crux of Wynne’s answer is that liberal decisions strengthening student civil rights protections have weakened adult authority and caused alienation between educators and students, a shattering of a sense of community, despair and confusion among educators who have lost control of their clients, and an impersonalization within schools that is destructive to both educators and students. All of this, according to Wynne, is related in an important way to dramatic increases in youth homicide, suicide, and illegitimate births. That is what the courts are doing to our children.

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