Monday, October 31, 2011

School to Prison Pipeline

Next Spring 2012 I'll offer an introductory level course on the "school to prison pipeline." That term describes the funnel that makes many children in the United States lose faith in their own abilities to do well in school, and to make decisions that lead them down the path to juvenile, and later adult, corrections.

There are so many things wrong with that picture. The big questions have to do with 1) education: Are schools really for learning? and 2) justice: How should we punish people when they do something wrong?

And the very obvious problem has to do with structural racism. Why are so many of the kids who are channeled into prisons brown, black, and poor?

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