Despite evidence that punitive punishment is ineffective and damaging— at worst, pushing vulnerable children out of school into the carceral system and, at best, driving student resentment and a breakdown of the teacher-student relationship— we still enact them in the forms of detention, suspension, expulsion, and in extreme cases, practices that replicate our carceral system by introducing police, surveillance, fines and probation into schools. However, if you consider our current system of punitive discipline in schools as a continuation of European colonialism, we can begin to pick apart the origins and evolution of how our schools are increasingly operating as an extension of the penal system through hundreds of years of intentionally oppressive design.
This is a very, very vague idea as I’ve only started thinking about this topic and researching it this past week and I’m still having a lot of trouble wrapping my head around it but I might have to write a paper on it for a sociology class so I'm just going to post it... Continue Reading →
We've all heard about white privilege but it's really hard to really explain what it is and how it affects, say, your life or my life. The definitions and discussions we hear about it in class or on TV include big words, race theory or the people talking over each other. None of those things... Continue Reading →
It's a pretty well-picked-through trash pile when it comes to social commentary and ironic jokes but it's still something worth looking at. Millennials are killing this or that. Applebee's is killed, JCPenny is gone. It almost sounds like millennials are actively trying to bring down all of America's industries and implode our economy and way... Continue Reading →
**Another set of notes for my criminology class.** Social Disorganization and the Urban ecology of Crime and Delinquency First developed at UChicago in the 1920s and 30s Plotted out the residential location of youths who had been referred to juvenile court in diff areas in Chicago Grounded in a theory of urban ecology Important peoplePark and Burgess Urban ecology... Continue Reading →
These are the notes I have from my criminology class. This is the original paper. Classical criminology refers primarily to the 18th-century writings of Cesare Beccaria in Italy and Jeremy Bentham in England. Both were utilitarian social philosophers who were primarily concerned with legal and penal reform rather than with formulating an explanation of criminal... Continue Reading →
In the episode called “Patterns Of Force” on the original Star Trek series, the Enterprise crew beams down to a planet that is modeled after Nazi Germany, complete with swastikas and “heil Hitler” type salutes. When they hear the supposed charismatic leader (who actually is being controlled by others) deliver an oration to rouse the rabble, Spock comments that the speech really makes no sense; it’s just a string of ideological soundbites — which nonetheless have the effect of stirring their hearers to carry out the ideology’s nefarious agenda. This aptly epitomizes the nature and the effect of emotionalizing, the next in our series of propaganda props.
If Spock was surprised to discover the vacuity of the Fuhrer’s rhetoric, then he was unduly naive. Ideologically charged rhetoric seldom if ever sounds rational. It’s not supposed to. Indeed, the less sense it makes, the more likely it is that the…
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Personally, few things are more infuriating when you can see that there is a problem and others can also see that there is a problem but the supervisor/teacher/parent/authority figure denies it or just claim not being aware of it. Sometimes, it's laziness. Sometimes, it's an "ignorance is bliss" defense but it is indefensible to those... Continue Reading →
https://youtu.be/tz7zxh9Bfow When the world hurts us, we mustn't first think of how to hurt it back.
There's always this nebulous cloud of unease whenever I get invited to a discussion of race and privilege with a white person. At best, they could listen to what's being said and try to understand but at worst, it will devolve into a he said she said where everything is taken as a personal attack or a joke. This article puts that feeling into more definite terms.
Within the past several decades, as people take an increasingly nuanced look at their identity, many more identities have risen to the public awareness. These different identities aren't new to the human race. There have been many representations of people identifying as queer and transgender etc. since people have existed. Whereas before, Western and specifically... Continue Reading →