Systemic Failure: The School-to-Prison Pipeline and Discrimination Against Poor Minority Students
21 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2011 Last revised: 24 Jul 2016
Date Written: November 14, 2011
A structural analysis of the school-to-prison pipeline reveals that complex systems may at times create scenarios where actors have “rational” incentives to act in manners that are counterproductive, and at times disastrous, from a systemic perspective. This essay focuses on the institutional incentives that contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline. I examine the school-to-prison pipeline by exploring the entrenchment of discrimination against poor and minority students at various institutional levels.
Keywords: school-to-prison pipeline, education, structural racism, complex systems
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