Stephanie Spoto on School and Prison Architecture

From the article Teaching Against Hierarchies: An Anarchist Approach:

Schools and prisons are often designed by the same architects.

This isn’t meant as hyperbole, either. Further information can be found in Amber Wiley’s “Schools and Prisons” and a video essay by Jacob Geller on “Games, Schools, and Worlds Designed for Violence.”

An example of this that Spoto lists in her article includes George Sellon and how he was the architect of San Quentin State Prison, El Cerrito High School, and the McKinley School. He’s also responsible for having designed Colusa High School and Grounds. He’s also responsible for designing Agnews Insane Asylum. There’s a lot of overlap there between the communities that are effectively being siloed.

Postcard of quote and additional information from the article can be found here.

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Donaldo Macedo on Educators

From the introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed (page 7):

… while more and more educators are embracing Freire, many of them, including some liberal and progressives, allow their critical discourse to be betrayed by the lack of coherence between their denouncement of oppressive conditions and their accommodation to dominant structures that created these oppressive structures in the first place…

The reference to Freire is that more people are engaging in critical pedagogy, which is a concept born out of his work. The 50th anniversary edition was published in 2018, during Donald Trump’s administration. There have been numerous pushes of educators to ‘diversify’ the curriculum and ‘make the schools safe’ without changing what makes them unsafe in the first place, wanting to reform the harmful elements rather than demolish and replace structures in schools that would make them genuinely educational.

Poster available here.