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Author Weissman, Marsha, author

Title Prelude to Prison : student perspectives on school suspension / Marsha Weissman
Edition First edition
Published Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 301 pages)
Series Syracuse studies on peace and conflict resolution
Syracuse studies on peace and conflict resolution.
Contents Introduction : learning from Jayda -- The American gulag : entwining schools into the carceral state -- Alternative schools and zero tolerance : from liberation learning to social control -- Engagement in the question : reflections on setting and method -- Backstories : the lives of marginalized kids -- "Bad decisions" : the suspension incidents -- "They never want to listen to us" : the process of being suspended -- "It's so non-regular" : going to alternative school -- "We have a Mike Tyson here" : labels, rejection, and stimga -- "At least somebody wanted to see me do good" : what kids think makes a difference -- Schools, social reproduction, and the making of prisoners : theory and literature -- Conclusion : we are all activists now
Summary By the close of the twentieth century, the United States became known for its reliance on incarceration as the chief means of social control, particularly in poor communities of color. The carceral state has been extended into the public school system in these communities in what has become known as the "school-to-prison pipeline." Through interviews with young people suspended from school, Weissman examines the impact of zero tolerance and other harsh disciplinary approaches that have transformed schools into penal-like institutions. In their own words, students describe their lives, the challenges they face, and their efforts to overcome those challenges. Unlike other studies, this book illuminates the students perspectives on what happens when the educational system excludes them from regular school. Weissman draws attention to research findings that suggest punitive disciplinary policies and practices resemble criminal justice strategies of arrest, trial, sentence, and imprisonment. She demonstrates how harsh school discipline prepares young people from poor communities of color for their place in the carceral state. An invaluable resource for policy makers, Prelude to Prison presents recommendations for policy, practice, and political change that have the potential to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-285) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Minorities -- Education -- United States.
Problem children -- Behavior modification -- United States.
Problem children -- Education -- United States.
School discipline -- United States.
Student suspension -- United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0815633769
0815652984 (electronic bk.)
9780815652984 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Student perspectives on school suspension