On Saturday, students from area schools performed a play that they wrote titled, “Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline.”
Under the guidance of Robert Ricks from Down in the Dirt Productions, these students were able to voice their dissatisfaction with the current system of education that does little to educate them.
Taken from their own experiences in school these young men and women used theatre to express the frustrations and fears they experience while attending school.
Many of these young adults attend charter schools within the city revealing the fact that the same problems exist there as well.
The roles written for the teachers also expressed frustration with a system of education that treats our children like criminals before they have broken the law.
The play included armed security personnel, a guard dog, and metal detection devices that our children are exposed to as they enter their “learning” institutions.
Students expressed the frustration of not being taught their history and the fear of not being considered relevant to life itself.
They wrote about the lack of control teachers have in the classroom and the frustration they feel at having to teach to the test instead of to their students.
These young adults wrote about the bullying they’ve experienced from other students and adults as well.
They were able to communicate their message, change the system, to the audience through the expression of their artistic voice.
Our children know they are not being properly educated. They know that they are being enslaved to a system of education that only seeks to provide workers for the “hedgehogs” in and out of jail.
Our children are beginning to awaken to the truth of the subjugation, discrimination, and standardization inherent in our current system of education.
When we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens, our children will be able to decide for themselves what they would like to do with their lives.
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