This article (link below) has me thinking back to Angela Davis and her comment that testing is a form of discipline and how the tendrils of the prison-industrial-complex spreads its way down, to even the youngest kids. This week a ten-year old boy in the Bronx was arrested, handcuffed and questioned without his mum, or other advocate, with him, for a school yard fight. A girl in the midwest had her braids cut off. Arne Duncan goes to Haiti and tweets about the fact that over one hundred children were silent while listening to their teacher, then goes on to suggest data as a way to help Haiti’s schools. These are not unrelated incidents. I read The Fire Next Time yesterday and I’m saddened by the fact that just fifty years ago the brilliant writer James Baldwin didn’t see how far greed would take us. “There is a limit to the number of people any government can put in prison, and a rigid limit indeed to the practicality of such a course.” If only that were true. On top of physical incarceration too many people of color have records for crimes white people would never be charged for. Starting with schools, children of color are treated as criminals in the making and not given any time to be kids. They are not given the opportunity to be the best they can be as individuals and as members of society as a whole.