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Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse Hardcover – March 14, 2011
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“[A] well-argued book ... packed with the anecdotally eye-catching and hard, persuasive data. Fuentes’s detailed and daunting investigation ... is a wakeup call.”—Publishers Weekly
“Examples of zero-tolerance policies taken to absurd levels are attention-grabbing, but the real story, spelled out [in Lockdown High] with clarity and a touch of anger, is a disturbing one that should concern members of school boards, principals, teachers and parents.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[A] chilling report ... extremely well-written.”—Library Journal
“Lockdown High is a wake up call for Americans who care about how schools treat children and young people ... This book is a must read for school boards, school administrators and parents.”—Rodney Skager
“Fuentes’ style is smart and accessible, her material both revelatory and relevant—it’s not only parents who will stay up late reading Lockdown High, but anyone interested in where we are headed.”—Nell Bernstein
“Lockdown High is a widely accessible overview of the trends in school discipline, surveillance, and policing. As such, Fuentes brings research in the education world to a broad audience and thereby widens the awareness of and potential resistance to the lockdown model.”—Rachel Garver, Teachers College Record
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"Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse," is her second title. She is co-author of "Women in the Global Factory" with Barbara Ehrenreich (South End Press).
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Having taught for almost 40 years, I have heard an absolute drum beat about how no one could work with teenagers. They have been vilified to the maximum. And even educators, those who should know better, stigmatize the very students they should be teaching. This book is disturbing, or at least should be ... but it is also spot on. Our society despises what it is not ... and it is not teenagers (or Iraqi, or Afghani, or Latin American, or native American, or ... ).
My experience though is not what is the common story ... the daily narrative ... it is a different experience altogether. Sure there is a less than 1% who are real troublemakers ... who are in fact lawless. But (and I spent a number of years working with the 'night school' kids ... the ones hovering on being discarded by the schools (including their teachers) and society) my experience is that so long as teens are respected, teens are willing to actually comply. So long as rules seem to make sense, teens are more than willing to do what they are asked, and so long as an effort is made to make things interesting, kids are willing to learn. Bore them, and you will have trouble; treat them as inferior, and they will not respect you nor the school you work in/for; follow insanely restrictive policies, and they will rebel. Think about it ... the last time you were cut off in traffic ... was it a teen? The last time you saw blatant rudeness, was it a teen?
Probably not ... but lock them down, treat them as inferior creatures, disrespect them, and they will react the same way you do.
Our solution for schools, as this book documents, is to impose restrictive controls, to attempt to monitor any and every thing ... the NSA does it ... the schools do it.
Am I surprised?Read more ›
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VERY GOOD BOOK. It takes you in and out of stories. But i would recommend this book to read it you are concern about violence in our school.Published on July 11, 2011 by DORMANE WIMBUSH