Schools, Prisons, and Workplaces


(original image post by David Wolfe)

I re-posted this on Facebook a year ago, but it needs to be reposted.

We also can add a third column: most corporate workplaces.

There are exceptions to schools and workplaces, but the tendency is towards a prison model. When schools and workplaces deviate from this model, the transformation is dramatic. Schools and businesses that operate in ways that share control among all participants and value the principles of democracy, the results in participant engagement, ownership, confidence, creativity, etc., and in productivity is overwhelming. When schools and businesses change to participant ownership, it also increases the participants positive values towards difference and diversity.

So, while we may like to blame specific people and groups for the current eruptions of bigotry, such bigotry is encouraged and propagated throughout many contexts in this society. We have to re-evaluate and change all of these contexts.

About Jeff Bloom

I'm a Researcher with and am on the Advisory Board of the International Bateson Institute and am a professor emeritus with the Department of Teaching & Learning, College of Education, Northern Arizona University.
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