I know this is more of a pre-K cartoon, but I'm sure it will make many folks laugh in your staff lounge.
From the 9.28.09 New Yorker.
Funny, but a sad reminder of the eerie parallels between school and prison. For a full discussion of the story of how school and prison design evolved together check out Focualt's mind bending study Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison.
So peculiar to an educational system that emphasizes numbers and scores and penalties as the highest aggregate expression of all its parts... (I'm speaking from within the U.S. educational system.)
I know that in other cultures, school is seen as a gift and an opportunity to be cherished and worked for. So how do we cultivate THAT attitude with our students? How do we turn the prison mentality & the onerous task of meaningless labor into an opportunity to grow, and an invitation to work hard on meaningful projects?