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“[The] penetration of prison culture into daily life and particularly schools has been brilliantly traced by US writer Annette Fuentes in Lockdown High”—Bidisha, Guardian

“[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

About the Author

Annette Fuentes is a freelance writer and reporter. She was a founding online editor of a nonprofit internet news organization, The Bay Citizen, from 2010 to 2011 and prior to that, the managing editor of New American Media, and a reporter for the New York Daily News and New York Newsday. She has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has written for, among others publications, the New York Times, The Progressive, and USA Today. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (March 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844676811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844676811
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,792,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annette Fuentes is an award-winning journalist who has covered education, health care, politics and social issues as an editor and reporter for magazines, newspapers and television. From 1998 to 2006, she taught news reporting at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. A transplanted New Yorker, she now resides in the San Francisco-Bay Area.

"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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura Rolen on January 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Annette Fuentes combines common sense, solid reasoning, and empirical research to support her premises. Her writing style is scholarly yet easy to read and comprehend. The book is both entertaining and informative. Every school official, law enforcement officer, and parent should read Lockdown High and advocate for implementation of the common-sense policies Fuentes promotes. Lockdown High helps dispel much of the misinformation and hysteria in our culture regarding school violence.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randall H. Gaylor on July 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book reflects a truism about our schools.
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?
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marcela Landres on October 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Well-researched debunking of the stereotypes surrounding schools and violence. Intelligent and important contribution to the national discussion of how to handle violence in our educational system.
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