Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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The Pedagogy of Punishment

Here's a good sharp article about stupid school policies and the increasingly broken society that makes them:

Henry A. Giroux | Schools and the Pedagogy of Punishment
Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: "The shift to a society now governed through crime, market-driven values and the politics of disposability has radically transformed the public school as a site for a civic and critical education. One major effect can be seen in the increasingly popular practice of organizing schools through disciplinary practices that closely resemble the culture of prisons."

Just in case it isn't obvious: 1) Punishment should improve behavior, not worsen it. 2) Things and people have worth beyond what money can be gotten out of them. 3) Using up things and people, then throwing them away, often causes problems and is a poor choice for a default way of dealing with the world. 4) If children in your care are behaving badly and you wonder why, look in the mirror. 9 times out of 10, you're looking at the reason.
Tags: education, politics

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