Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse
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Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse

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In the dozen years since the Columbine High School shootings, school violence has fallen steadily. Yet, as Annette Fuentes visits schools across America she finds metal detectors and drug tests for aspirin, police profiling of students with no records, arbitrary expulsions, teachers carrying guns, and all-seeing electronic surveillance. Her moving stories will astonish rea...more
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Published February 12th 2013 by Verso (first published March 14th 2011)
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After working in a high school office for 2 years and teaching for 5 years, I completely disagree with most of what the author had to say. She thinks that $432 per year spent on V-Soft, a security system that checks for pedophiles who want to enter school propety, is a waste of money. After using that system every day at work, I think that is a small price to pay for student safety.

She also does not like the idea of having so much money spent on police security. But after seeing the things I saw...more
This should be required reading for anyone who works in schools and anyone who has children in school.

I personally believe that our civil liberties are being threatened by conservative government at every turn, and the current administration is not doing enough to undo what Clinton and Bush started.

So, when you read this book and you see how treating kids like criminals actually INCREASES problems in schools, you start to see how bad our education system has gotten. If we stopped paying security...more
Samuel Lubell
Interesting, but at times it was just a collection of incidents without a unifying argument. No conclusion. The best chapter was on all the people profiting from the increase in school security and all the lies they tell to justify it.
A good book with good examples, but aimed more towards those that need convincing. If the term "school to prison pipeline" is familiar to you look for the more in depth version of this book--and if you find it let me know.
Robert Chapman
This book is a real eye opener into just how crazy the application or rules can be in the school system. It's truly scarey to see how judgement has been thrown out the window in favor of political correctness and fear mongering.
A good resource for those looking at the school-to-prison pipeline, but the author puts a bit too much hope in gun control.
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