Prison Pipeline : Rhetoric Or Reality? Essay

2182 WordsSep 29, 20169 Pages
A student enters Kindergarten who is not familiar with their ABC’s and struggles to retain a lot of information. Meanwhile their classmates are writing words making the student feel discouraged. The student is too far behind in class and does poorly causing them to misbehave in class to seek attention. The teachers constantly send the student to the Dean’s Office for punishment. By 6th grade the student is frustrated with school and never learns the material they miss out on. Rather they just get behind and drop out to pursue illegal activities to sustain themselves. Eventually, the dropped out student gets caught doing a crime and gets sent to Juvenile Court. According to Kupchik, within The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Rhetoric or Reality, schools and prison are interlinked as school reveal student’s deficits, some frustrated individuals may fail out of schools causing them to turn to illegal means, and the schools’ method in disciplining certain behavior causes students to be integrated in the Juvenile criminal system. Kupchik allows for a thoughtful discussion of the School-to-Prison Pipeline highlighting the metaphor’s implications, risk factors, and methods to remedy the issue. As a response to community and school high crime rates in the late 1980s and early 1990s, new school discipline and security practices arose that act as elements to the school-to-prison pipeline. The pipeline’s features are unequally distributed in students of color, in particularly low-income
Open Document