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ERIC Number: EJ876433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
An Educator's Dilemma
Rogensues, Angela
Adult Learning, v17 n1-4 p31-33 2006
Every day the author enters a world of hierarchy that she cannot fully comprehend--a world in which she is expected to teach, transform, and rehabilitate incarcerated women into "productive" citizens. It is a world where political forces blow powerfully on anyone that challenges the status quo. She works with a population that most Americans wish would disappear. She works with the women inmates at a correctional facility's "Community Reintegration Program" located in an urban area of the Midwestern United States. As with most correctional facilities, it's a place of crisis and control; it's an environment with conditions suitable for radical change, but rarely used as such. This essay is meant to be the beginning of a conversation around alternatives to teaching a growing and specialized population. If people continue to base their expectations of prison reform on middle class white mores and disregard the needs of the poor minority women being served, people, as a society, will continue to be disappointed. People will be disappointed in persons who never met expectations they didn't agree to meet, and in which they perceive no value. As a result, people will continue to perceive these women as the "problem" rather than citizens whom society has failed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States