Public Schools: A Taste of Prison Life Persuasive Essay

Public Schools: A Taste of Prison Life
A persuasive paper on the similarities between public schools and penitentiaries.
# 149179 | 947 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2011
Published on Nov 29, 2011 in Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections) , Education (General)

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The paper discusses the rigid routines for students or inmates to enter or leave the premises, the restriction of contact with the outside, the principal and teachers who are like the wardens that watch over the students placed in lines to go to lunch, the training of children to obey and conform like prisoners and the wearing of uniforms. The paper questions whether public schools are a cover up to training kids to be brainwashed at a young age, and argues that with such a lack of individuality and a reduction of freedom, it is no wonder that seven thousand students drop out of school every day.

From the Paper:

"Imagine sitting in a room confined for hours on end and you had no input in decision making for yourself and anyone else around you. The freedom you thought you were entitled to you was totally abridged and stripped away from you. Everyone around you wore the same attire and walked the same line you had to every single day. You could not get up and eat a meal until a scheduled time set by authorities and your individual autonomy was completely lost. Care to guess where you are right now? If you guessed a common public school or state penitentiary, you are correct to an extent either way. From the list above, it is surely convincing that the protocols and regulations carried out in public school are strikingly similar to the ones conducted in prisons.
"A similarity that public schools and penitentiaries have is that they both rigid routines of when the students or inmates get in and get out. In a school, you have the same classes, starting and ending at the same times, with a set lunch time every day. And in a prison, you have set meal times and set exercise times every day. Both routines are controlled by bells. A school bell dismisses classes and lunches, and a prison bell opens cell doors and signally meal times. These routines instill students and prisoners to be preconditioned to ask for permission to do or get something and to get up when the bell is heard."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aunt B. "Are Your Kids Going to School or Jail? " Tiny Cat Pants." Tiny Cat Pants. 2009. Web. 08 Nov. 2011.<>.
  • "End the School to Jail Track | Padres Unidos." Home | Padres Unidos. Web. 09 Nov. 2011. <>.
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  • Hoa, Dao. "School Is the Prison." Dao Hoa on HubPages. Web. 03 Nov. 2011. <>.

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