Teachers Choose Schools as Prisons


I had an interesting conversation recently with a high school science department chair. The chair describe to science department teachers a feature in a TV documentary. The documenter asked teachers to say which pictures of two actual high schools they thought best for high school students. One school looked like a prison with a secure campus. The other looked like a modern open structure and campus. Ninty five plus percent of the teachers in the documentary and all of the science teachers of the local school choose schools as prisons. Their reasons had to do with the appearance of safety, not with student learning.

Separately, but related, check out this trailer of The War on Kids. It converts negative stereotypes in words to visual images for those unfamiliar with today’s public schools. Thanks, Jim Horn, for pointing to this documentary trailer.

Oh my. At the very least, this post requires balance, which I have not taken the time to prepare. Perhaps commenters will help with that.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.