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27 March 2009


Prisons: our growth industry - preview
Among the many financial burdens borne by a modern, sophisticated society is one which is expensive, growing and without any real end product
  • We don’t enjoy it, we are not even terribly satisfied with it, but society seems it consider it a necessary evil
  • It is the prison system

  • At the moment it is a growth industry… in the sense of demanding ever-increasing resources, not in the productive sense
  • If there is an end product it is a negative one of an assembly line rolling out endless supplies of people, most of whom are not capable of dealing with what life throws at them and who sometimes find difficulties put in their way when they try to ‘go straight’

  • a prison chaplain

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    Peer Arnold, 24 March
    If school reading matter included plenty on things such as the repair and maintenance of motorcycles, the technology behind skills in the building trades and how to ask Google better questions it might persuade them that reading is not just for people with the leisure to do it. You will be able to think of other subjects that could get some of them started, and that may be the key, getting them started. For the non-reader it is hard work so is it worth it? Why cannot schools convince them? Perhaps because rewards usually go to the clever kids and yet small rewards can work for anyone.
    Yes I know, I am preaching to the converted.


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