Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Schools-to-Prison Pipeline

The schools-to-prison pipeline refers to is the notion that if society does not properly fund schools, it will end up funding prisons.

Frederick Douglass said, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

 "Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today,” writes the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik. “Over all, there are now more people under ‘correctional supervision’ in America - more than 6 million - than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height.”

Comparisons: For every 100,000 people, the...
US has.............760 in prison
Japan has.........63
France has....... 96
S. Korea has..... 97

In light of the severe cuts to education (precipitated by the Great Recession) that unfairly impact high-needs rural schools (and high-needs i.e. poor) urban schools,  maybe it's time to let politicians know where we place our priorities and our votes.

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