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Politics, Economics, Education, Criminal Justice As a Factory-Like System Suffering From a Vicious Cycle.

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1 Politics, Economics, Education, Criminal Justice As a Factory-Like System Suffering From a Vicious Cycle

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3 Factory Model for Schools Assembly Line: Miracle of the Industrial Revolution Unit 1 2 Structure Of American Curriculum The Factory Model 3 All students regardless of mental capacity and regardless of individual mastery and real progress through assigned units, move steadily and relentlessly through the curriculum units as though on an assembly line. If designed for the average, one third will be bored and one third will march steadily onward without learning a thing, just feeling more and more inferior and stupid, thus making learning more difficult.

4 What Does the Changing Social Structure Inside the Schools Have to Do With Current Social Problems? Little red school house of last century: heterogeneous, individualized. Late twentieth century mega-factory school: huge, highly centralized, distant from home, integration without preparation, depersonalized, maximum regimentation. Twenty-first century: Computers and individualized instruction ? Acceleration of delinquency and in-school violence How has the social culture inside the school changed over the last 150 years? Centralized, personal, homogeneous, non-preferential treatment. FACTORY SCHOOL

5 The structure of the school promotes social alienation and personal pathology: –Grade Structure –Sports –Extracurricular –Attire –Classroom Structure –Social Structure and Discipline and Teen Metamorphosis –Amoral Curriculum School Pedagogical Structure and Its Effect on Self Esteem, Drop Outs, and Delinquency A-Admired B-Accepted C-Tolerated, Threat Lectures to Motivate D-Seen as Inferior and a Problem F-Failure, Impossible, Routed to Special Programs DECREASING SELF ESTEEM INSIDER-OUTSIDER CULTURE LEADS TO ALIENATION, PREJUDICE, REJECTION, LOW SELF ESTEEM, WITHDRAWAL, REBELLION USE OF AUTHORITARIAN, IMPERSONAL PUNISHMENT FOR CONTROL WITH TEENS IN PROCESS OF EMANCIPATION GENERATES REBELLION PREVENTS LEARNING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

6 Current ‘Factory’ Model of the Way the Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems Function CRIME AND MENTAL ILLNESS FACTORY 50% get broken again and cycle back through the ‘fix-it’ system. Recycling repeaters LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS AND COMMUNITIES, FAMILIES, PARENTS, CHILDREN The neighborhood is like a factory producing children. When one goes wrong, commits a crime, or becomes emotionally disturbed, he/she is ejected [a reject] and sent to the Justice or Mental Health Systems’ professionals. Gets in trouble and is ejected Mental Health Professional treats the emotional/behaviorally disturbed reject. Criminal Justice System Correctional Professional treats the offender-reject. Supposedly fixed? Supposedly fixed? Rejects are returned to the Community [factory] as supposedly fixed. The reject is sent to the ‘Fix- it’ Professional. Cycle of fixing rejects from the ‘factory’ continues perpetually while the factory continues to get worse. The factory produces more and more rejects. No one thinks of going to the factory itself and fixing it so that it does not keep producing rejects!

7 Population of Detainees or Prisoners Expands to Fill the Expansion of Space in Detention or Prisons Centers Structurally Determined Population Trends Other factors remaining constant, the inmate population expands to fill the space provided for detention or imprisonment.

8 Return Of The Supposedly ‘Fixed’ Juvenile Or Adult Inmate To The Dysfunctional Community Or Crime Factory! OUT IN OUT IN

9 Our Politicians Are Locked Into Funding Preferences That Lead to a Negative, Downward-Spiraling, Vicious Cycle

10 Are the American Scales of Justice Just a Little Bit Tipped? Are the American Scales of Justice Just a Little Bit Tipped? For Sale

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