Ask a Criminal Defense Attorney how many of their clients graduated highschool…. Its rare.
Most of the people in prison are the result of an education system that fills their heads with facts they don’t understand and will forget within months. They are never taught values because they are never mentored. Those that graduate from 12th grade in the U.S. will have the 36th lowest test scores of any country. Those that fall off the conveyer belt will live in poverty and in prison. Their children will exhibit the same cycle but start life with a substantially lower vocabulary.
Growing up without a quality education leads many directly to a criminal career. If we truly wanted safer streets we would solve our education, mental health, and poverty problems.
What if there were a place where all the people who needed to be healed, were grouped together? What if instead of simply punishing them, we also took an action action that would serve us, by actually improving their behavior?
A new system of education has recently been growing in popularity around the world that uses the cloud. A teacher from the poorest area of Mexico who used these methods took his students from all failing to all topping test scores across Mexico… In 1 year. Some commentators are openly saying this method will induce a generation of geniuses.
Because the method is hands off, a teacher is not required to be present. Students learn through the cloud. Student participation is actually MORE encouraged by the students' natural curiosity.
The Khan Academy is currently considered the one of the best schools on Earth, and it is also free online. But for some reason it is not available in jails or prisons... the place it's needed most.
These systems could be easily integrated into our jail systems. Computers and tablets are now inexpensive enough for this.
Until there are no more people committing crimes or a prison system that is costing us $74 Billion dollars a year, we could be applying the educational capabilities we have to the idol minds waiting in their cells.
If we turned every jail and prison in this country into an educational facility, we would be injecting a massive amount of intelligence into our public domain. Right where it's needed most.
Between 1987 and 2007, states spending on incarceration grew at 6 times the rate of spending on higher education.
Jill Webb puts it best:
“We can have prisons or we can have schools, but we can’t have both”