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Old September 17th, 2015, 03:09 PM   #1
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Schools as Fearmongering Factories: The Case of Ahmed Mohamed

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Students are now viewed as a potential threat, and Muslim students are viewed as potential terrorists. One result is that schools increasingly have come to resemble war zones, spaces marked by distrust, fear and demonization. For example, there are more police in the schools than ever before. Security has become more important than providing children with a critical education and supportive learning environment. And authority in many of the schools is often handed over to the police and security forces who are now asked to deal with all alleged disciplinary problems, however broadly defined. In most case, these involve trivial infractions such as violating a dress code, scribbling on a desk, or holding a two-inch toy gun. It is hard to believe that young people are subjected to such horrendous practices - children being handcuffed and carted off to jail for minor incidents - and that such draconian practices could take place in a society that views itself as a democracy. Stripped of their public mission as institutions that nurture young people to become informed, critically engaged citizens, schools have become punishing factories.

No longer spaces of joy, critical teaching, and support, schools are now modeled after prisons. The lesson that young people are learning about themselves is that they can't be trusted, cannot rely on the informed judgments of teachers and administrators, and that their behavior is constantly subject to procedures that amount to both an assault on their dignity and a violation of their civil liberties. Schools have become institutions in which creativity is viewed as a threat, discipline a virtue, and punishment the reward for not conforming to what amounts to the dictates of a police state. How many more images of young school children in handcuffs do we have to witness before it becomes clear that the educational system is broken, reduced largely to a punishing factory defined by a culture of fear and an utter distrust of young people?
Can't deny this. How did we get like this? What causes this hatred of children?
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Old September 17th, 2015, 09:29 PM   #2
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Can't deny this. How did we get like this? What causes this hatred of children?
rubbish.
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