Well, someone at the DOJ has never read Lord of the Flies.
The DOJ wants to try ‘courts’ run by teenagers because.. bullying.
Oh, and our Common Core pal, WestEd is in the mix with the grant for these ‘courts’. A grant that is over $1.8 million dollars.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is spending nearly $2 million to see if courts run by teenagers can be a viable tool to fight school bullying.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) tasked WestEd, a San Francisco-based education research group, late last year to study the effectiveness of “youth courts,” where the roles of judge, jury, defense, and prosecution are filled by students, who can then administer punishment in middle and high schools.
“Reports of violence, bullying, and other offenses have resulted in concerns about school safety,” according to the NIJ grant. “Administrators, anxious to restore order, have adopted policies focusing on punishment that often results in removing students from school. Research indicates that such punishments do not increase school safety, but push youth, particularly minority students, out from mainstream education.”
The grant argues that rather than adult administrators disciplining students, the students should punish each other.
I really am at a loss as to where to start with this $1.8 million dollar pile of unmitigated stupid. Kids presiding over other kids in a ‘court’– literally. GEE, what could possibly go wrong?
Reminder: WestEd sent a guy to testify in front of the NC Common Core Commission. Back in March, WestEd sent in a guy named Kevin Perks to talk to the commission in the capacity of being some kind of counter-balance to the only two Common Core critics brought to testify in North Carolina to date.
Not only does WestEd get fat off of government contracts, they pull in a healthy amount from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Read more about WestEd at the bottom of this previous article.
- What is WestEd and Why You Should Care.
- Pearson Is Everywhere: The ‘Turn Around’ Schools Program
- Military Leaders, Mission Readiness Is Back Pushing Common Core