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  •  I lived in Houston for nearly 20 years, (15+ / 0-)

    on and off. I attended High School there, and later taught Middle School in HISD. Underneath all of the "nice" one encounters is a deep-rooted authoritarianism which loves--no, fetishizes punishment for the most minor infractions. I saw this teaching school, massive amounts of time and even money spent on punishing students with detention for things like a shirt coming un-tucked in one place (I actually saw a teacher monitoring a hallway during lunch mete out a detention to a student for this, the shirt coming out in back where he could not see it).

    While there are many things I came to love about Texas, the zero-tolerance authoritarianism of everyone from teachers to judges made me deeply uncomfortable. There are schools that are little more than prep schools for prison. I am not at all surprised to see judges acting this way.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 05:19:06 AM PST

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