This writing is for research on school-to-prison pipeline across the U.S and is not a soul reflection of my current high school.
“In the past decade, the punitive and overzealous tools and approaches of modern criminal justice system have seeped into our schools, serving to remove children from mainstream, educational environments funnel them onto a one-way path toward prison….the school-to-prison pipeline is one of the most urgent challenges in education today.” (NAACP, 2005). This statement defines what the educational system has come to. Not a system of learning and social communication but a system of incarceration. Stealthily, The school-to-prison pipeline is a deadly way to send students out of the educational system and into the juvenile and adult jail systems via the “zero tolerance policies”, putting more money into making school environments feel like jails, and the lack of the true meaning of what it means to educate students and not make money off of them by sending them to the system. Despite the fact that there are some bad students in every school.
In order to understand this pipeline one must understand the zero tolerance policies. The “zero tolerance policies” are rules put in place to harshly punish students for minor offenses such as uniforms, gum, being tardy, and just minor things that should not affect a student’s record. Sadly, zero tolerance policies are put in place in almost every school across the country. As a matter of fact, these policies mostly affect African-Americans and Hispanics(people of color). For example, a Caucasian male can skip school and get a detention or a call home. On the other hand, if a student of color did that the police would be called, and that student would face a harsh punishment usually resulting in them being put into the system. These “zero tolerance policies” play a major role in the school-to-prison pipeline because it is the system’s main source of power which gives them the ability to abuse the system. This method is why most students appear into the system because of the unreasonable and harsh conditions of zero tolerance.
By the same token of Zero Tolerance, the amount of money schools put into security guards and things to police students is higher than how much would cost to provide better learning tools. Also, security is a prime example of how schools relate to prisons. Security is in schools for protection not to lush their weight around like it’s a jail house. The amount of money school systems put into security is taking away from what’s really needed in schools. In school a student is there for academic learning and communication. However, that changes when its guys walking around with guns watching you 24/7. All the money they put in enforcing students can be in better use in another problem schools face. They make everything in the schools feel like prison. Examples are: uniforms, telling when you can and can’t do something, talking to you like you are not human, harsh punishments and rules which makes students feel as if they are on lockdown and like their rights don’t matter. These characteristics can be found in almost every jail system, but why in education systems? Coincidentally, it’s as if they want to set students up for a life of incarceration instead of success.
Equally important, the school-to-prison pipeline takes away from what it means to educate students. This can be found in classrooms where teachers will focus more on conduct and discipline versus the lesson that really needs to be taught. Controversial notes can be how teachers talk to students as if their voice does not matter or like they don’t have feelings. This is all under the rule of the school-to-prison pipeline. Teachers can sometimes talk hurtful to students making them feel hurt or less of their selves. Which intentionally also triggers bad behavior and minor infractions with a harsh consequences via the “zero tolerance policies” . The educational system of today seems more focused on getting kids into the system but sadly it’s the wrong system. Jails and schools should not be making money off of kids they put in the system. Instead, that should not even exist. Ironically, the reality of it all is that it does.
Under those circumstances, school-to-prison pipeline is just another way to keep the balance of power into the wrong hands. Wrongfully Making money off of children by giving them a bad future is not education at all. Clearly it’s straight corruption and should not be allowed in the first place. Both systems need good revisions and need to start over with how they expect to have a successful country. Because putting students into the system for money will not be a good consequence for the future. However, some will argue that students need to be punished which is true to a certain extent. The students need to be helped not hurt and putti them into the system is not helping them at all. If they get in the system there will be no hope for them at all. As a result, the zero tolerance policies need to be abolished and better methods of approach should be taken to better help students. The poisonous school-to-prison pipeline is not a magic fruit and it will continue to ruin education until it is stopped.