I work in the behavioral field as my paying gig, because we all know writing is a bit unstable. I had to go see one of my clients in the school setting.
I happened upon a game of cops and robbers. It was a game of nine (cops) kids chasing one (robber) kid. In this game they took to yelling, â€œPut your hands up!! Spread ’em!!! Put your hands up!!!â€ and the robber running. The game ended with the cops yelling at the kid and beating him and stomping on him.
In the middle of the stomping I asked, â€œIs this what you think the police act like?â€ And they said, â€œYeah.â€
After recess they all lined up. Hands behind their back (thatâ€™s what they were required to do.) At lunch talking was not allowed. If they talked or moved or put their head up they were screamed at, â€œNo talking, you have five more minutes to eat.â€
All of the students where in uniform. Uniforms were required.
I heard a little boy getting reprimanded for bad behavior. The person screamed at him, â€œSTOP SCREAMING AT PEOPLE!!!â€
I tried to talk to the educational staff about positive behavior support. I was told, â€œThese kids should be happy to be getting a quality education.â€ They continued with how treats and rewards were bribes. I said more than that, but I guess the idea of kindness doesnâ€™t blend well with quality in the inner city.
I wonder how many of them worked for free? I saw lots of nice cars in the parking lot.
And we wonder why people in certain neighborhoods act the way that they do.