#966 Criminalizing the classroom (School-to-Prison Pipeline)

Air Date: 11-6-15

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Today we take a look at the structural systems in place that work to funnel many children, disproportionately children of color, out of the school system and directly into the (in)justice system

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: The School to Prison Pipeline - Advancement Project (@adv_project) - Air Date: 7-3-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A

Ch. 4: Act 2: Spring Valley High - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 10-29-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A

Ch. 6: Act 3: Stuck In The School-To-Prison Pipeline - @ajplus -Air Date: 5-20-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A

Ch. 8: Act 4: Criminalizing the Classroom: Inside the School-to-Prison Pipeline - @democracynow - Air Date: 10-28-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Hipozebra - Selva de Mar

Ch. 10: Act 5:  Spring Valley High and the school-to-prison pipeline - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-30-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Rivers - Plusplus

Ch. 12: Act 6: School to prison pipeline locks kids into the system early - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 2-19-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: A Farewell To Trends - dustmotes

Ch. 14: Act 7: Policing Schools - Why Are There Cops In Schools? - @ajplus - Air Date: 10-30-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: N/A

Ch. 16: Act 8: SafeQualitySchools.org- Ending the #School2Prison Pipeline via @adv_project - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: The Poet - Shihan

Ch. 18: Act 9: When School Cops Go Bad: South Carolina Incident Highlights Growing Police Presence in Classrooms - @democracynow - Air Date: 10-28-15


Ch. 19: Jefferson fought to end slavery - Simon from San Diego

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 20: Final comments on my untestable hypothesis

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone

Activism: SafeQualitySchools.org: Ending the #School2Prison Pipeline via @adv_project

Take Action:

Students, parents, educators, law enforcement, and activists! VISIT The Advancement Project’s SafeQualitySchools.org to get involved.

FOLLOW the #School2Prison thread.

SHARE the "School to Prison Pipeline by Advancement Project” video

CONTRIBUTE your stories: #School2Pipeline Stories

Additional Activism/Resources:

SIGN to demand #BlackLivesMatter issues be addressed in primary debates: #RaiseTheDebate via Black Lives Matter at ”ColorOfChange

Sources/further reading:

”What You Need to Know About #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh” — Infographic via The Advancement Project

"Where Are Black Children Safe?" Roxane Gay at The New York Times

"America Doesn’t Care About Black Women And Girls” by Ijeoma Oluo at The Establishment

"Black Girl Down… and Up” by PrisonCulture

"Take cops out of schools: More officers mean more arrests, even for offenses like talking back.” via The Washington Post

”A Short History of Cops Terrorizing Students” via The Nation

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Showing 4 reactions

  • Robert Monroe, Jr.
    commented 2016-05-23 12:04:09 -0400
    This is an extension of seeing urban youth as “superpredators…who have to be brought to heel”.
  • David McKay
    commented 2016-05-17 19:05:41 -0400
    12 and a half minutes in I desperately must turn this terrible attempt of moral self-aggrandizement OFF! It is akin to listening to Rush Limbaugh dribble on about Mexicans, and as hypocritical as his demonizing of drug abusers while popping 30 pills a day. Little ladies, it is clear that you have nothing but privileged perspectives on the plight of those you feel you represent .Your assessment of the role of race is completely disconnected with the actual systemic problem at hand, and you should be embarrassed that you are filling up a space, twice! That otherwise could have been the forum of some sort of productive, manicured assessment of one of the many problems we face today… right now.
    One of the quotes in the intro points out the fact how large of a problem this truly is, and what you are missing, largely due to the fact like MOST psudeo-intellectual A-type personalities, your own prejudice’s against an unfair system inherently judge and ridicule the benefactors of such a system.
    What do you know of violence? The violence on that video might be too much for your Bourgeois “Good-Intentions” stomach, but for people at the bottom , that violence is common,the violence is in your nature, and that violence is real. By no means do I excuse the cop, but let’s talk about the environment that causes a little girl to cry out like that. That’s what the Sherrif was trying to say. See what you do when you make situations linear , you keep the good guys the good guys and the bad, the bad, and life is more complex than that and if you spent no effort using understanding and compassion, everybody loses. Your’e goddamn right that’s the norm, but to sit there and whine about how unfair it is, and to voice your cultural opinion about what violence is okay to see is so incredibly disconnected from the forces at hand it makes it hard to even think that you will comprehend the intention of my complaint in the first place. Class is the problem, class is whats causing this tear in our society. Class is why there is even the conception of a man like Donald Trump ready to take over this nation. And the more good intended privileged liberal PC narcissists like you there are out there focusing on the side effects of something much bigger ,something much more dangerous than what YOU think is the problem. Don’t you wonder why things are the way they are ? I suggest you hit those books before you open your SnapChats next time. Thank you for your time (This message should be read allowed from atop a chair, and with a beard, Loudly)
  • Tyrus Herbertson
    commented 2015-11-07 21:28:26 -0500
    Excellent show. I think it is time to discuss again a schooling system that needs to employ police to maintain “a learning environment” . Compulsory School Legislation was first put on the books in 1852 in Massachusetts. It took 66 years before the last state was added to the list of mandatory schooling. Compulsory schooling was met with strenuous opposition, and for good reason. Plato said, " Nothing of value to the individual happens by coercion". I think the discussion should not center around better behavioral management techniques for teachers or the pros and cons of police presence in schools but rather the system of schooling that gives rise to todays show on the school to prison pipeline. The cornerstone to this repressive system is coercion. I would highly recommend the reading of John Gatto’s “The Underground History of American Education” as a primer.
  • Dylan Bleier
    commented 2015-11-07 17:55:55 -0500
    That quote just about sums it up: “Schools are sites of control before they are sites of education.”
    The advent of police as violent enforcers of discipline in schools serves as a means of perpetuating racial oppression but also as a means of strengthening state and class hegemony by making students accustomed to radical authoritarianism. We MUST get police out of schools. Fundamentally this is about whether we want to create a democratic culture or allow our culture to become even more deeply totalitarian. Ideally, students will one day enjoy a democratic setting in which they can freely explore, experiment, and learn…
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