Schools Not Prisons

school prison pipeline, racism in education, prison industrial complex

It’s mind-bog­gling that a soci­ety pro­fess­ing moral demo­c­ra­t­ic supe­ri­or­i­ty around the world would stand by as Black and Lati­no chil­dren get pushed out of schools into what very like­ly will be an incar­cer­at­ed future. And yet, that is what is hap­pen­ing here and now. If you would like to know about the school to prison pipeline check out ACLU’s source page.

No Walls

No-Walls

I used to teach first grade before I even con­sid­ered the pos­si­bil­i­ty that I might be an artist. One day I ten­ta­tive­ly drew a stick fig­ure (impov­er­ished school, lousy resources)  and received unan­i­mous acco­lades from a room­ful of lit­tle bit­ty peo­ple. I was delight­ed. So I think of them and still do art from time to time that I think they might be able to “read,” despite the seri­ous top­ics I deal with. Chil­dren can under­stand injus­tice, when it is hap­pen­ing to them or when it hap­pens to oth­er peo­ple.