Dr. Byron Price Explains Why Schools are Trying to Get Your Child Ready for Prison

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Dr. Byron Price is both a scholar at an HBCU, as well as a warrior for social justice.  He spends his days, nights and everything in between fighting to bring awareness on issues of importance, particularly as they affect the African American community. 

One of the greatest threats to the survival of black children is the disturbing growth of private prisons and decisions by many schools to incarcerate kids as much as they work to educate them.  States are defunding schools and putting the money into prisons, in what appears to be a deliberate strategy to leave a certain segment of the population uneducated with no options other than serving the profitability of modern prisons.  

Billions of dollars are invested in building more of these prisons and like hotels, they are hungry for tenants.  The tenant may be your child, but Dr. Price is working to stop the process from happening.  Here is an interview Dr. Price did with the National Education Association: 

 

By Cindy Long

There’s a disturbing trend taking place in our public schools, especially in high poverty neighborhoods – where hallways and grounds are patrolled by police and disciplinary problems are no longer handled by counseling and detention but by suspension and arrest. Known as the school-to-prison pipeline, the trend is turning our adolescent students into criminals at alarming rates.

To learn more about the school-to-prison pipeline,NEA Today spoke to author and scholar Byron E. Price, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business and professor of public administration at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York in Brooklyn, New York, and and co-editor of Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry.

Can you briefly define the school-to-prison pipeline and talk about the students impacted the most?

The school-to-prison pipeline phenomenon can be characterized as a deliberate strategy to push at-risk children out of our nation’s classrooms and into the carceral state. Research shows that minority students are most impacted by this practice.

What is the cost to our society when we have such a large school-to-prison pipeline?

When youth are disciplined under severe school disciplinary policies, they are less committed to school, do worse academically, and drop out. These negative school outcomes increase the risk of delinquent and criminal behavior over the short and long term, and as a result, have a negative impact on the unemployment rate and the economy.

 

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7 Responses to Dr. Byron Price Explains Why Schools are Trying to Get Your Child Ready for Prison

  1. Dianne Bass August 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I see what you are saying. My grandson is in a charter HS. And every little thing that he does like laughing or acting like a15 yr old hs boy. He gets demits. He needs to do better I know but now because of all of demits and suspension. Now she has to pay suspension fee in order to transfer to a new school. Only thing he is learning is to fail.

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  2. Dianne Bass August 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Chicgo has soldout black childrethen education!!!! The charter school system suc it is a racket to get rid of the teacher’s union!!!!

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  3. Elizabeth August 2, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    This is going on because African-Americans have abandoned their children. You don’t go to the school, you don’t know the teachers, you don’t check homework, you don’t monitor your child’s activities.

    Start in the home and back up your child, don’t abandon your children.

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  4. W Lyons August 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    There is no way it is cheaper to have children in school than it is to send them to prison, so the economic argument for this ridiculous theory is out the window.

    Nobody of any importance in this country, and certainly not the average (Black, White, Brown, etc., etc.) man or woman in the street, wants to see any child end up in prison.

    Dr. Boyce, you need to stop repeatng this nonsense. We have real problems in this country and you’re shouting from the rooftops about a problem that doesn’t exist.

    Yes, too many Black children (mostly boys, of course) spend too much time not in school, not at home with their family, etc., but this is not because ANYONE thinks it’s better for them to be in prison. Let’s attach the real causes instead of wasting even a single more breath on such asinine claims that have no proof.

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  5. Peter D. Slaughter August 3, 2013 at 8:45 am

    This is actually old news.
    Basically genocide,eugenics and population control is in full effect.
    In relation to Chicago years ago Steve Cokely was busy warning black people many black people said ” oh that n word is crazy ”
    ” the white man would never do us like that ”
    Yeah right take a look around how many are getting beat and killed on daily in these urban cities.
    The way the media portrays it black people are the major blame for this.
    Which they refuse to admit the major role the racist media has played in promoting self hate and other racist,twisted sterotypes.

    While a % of black’s seem to sit around and wait for some divine
    godly,jesus or allah intervention.
    One thing for y t,slavemaster continues on his rampage world wide still following the master plan of the new world order.
    At the same time a vast % of black people continue to stay stuck mentally in a time warp thinking some type of old 60′s civil right’s moral marching,singing and praying is going to appeal to these insane people behind this massive global genocide plan.

    The only solution is a massive mental wake up from all the self destruction and other programming and brainwashing effecting the black mind.
    If not black kids and adults will keep being slave fodder for this new form of slavery without the chains physically but a chain on the brain.

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  6. LAWAZIZ December 29, 2013 at 8:54 am

    WHERE ARE MY COMMENTS? WHAT HAPPEN TO MY 1ST AMENDMENTS RIGHTS? WHO IS CENSORING MY REMARKS? THEY ARE NOT VIOLENT OR VULGAR COMMENTS.

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  7. Sargento December 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    The only solution to this craziness is homeschooling, that way you have control over your child’s future. I see parents with grade school education knowing more than the teachers, who teach in the public system in the inner city. Does everyone knows that the teachers they send to the inner city are rejects? They are teachers on their last leg.

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