Malcolm Gladwell recently devoted a piece in New Yorker to philosophies of discipline for youth. No Mercy juxtaposes Cambridge University's 1925 decision to send Robert Oppenheimer to a psychiatrist in lieu of expulsion with the University of Oklahoma's recent decision to dismiss quarterback Rhett Bomar after a school investigation determined that Bomar had been paid for hours he had not worked at a sleezy Norman car dealership.
Gladwell's essay is especially interesting to me given that it caused me to do something I rarely do-- disagree with him. To read the ongoing discussion in the wake of the article, check out the comments @ Gladwell's blog
[Note: I realize sports are well off the beaten path here-- but the combination of Oklahoma and Gladwell made it irresistible]