This worksheet is intended to be used with Alice Goffman's TED Talk, "How We're Priming Some Kids for College and Others for Prison." This TED Talk, worksheet and discussion could be completed in one class period or the TED Talk and worksheet could be assigned as homework.
This TED talk and worksheet are appropriate for any high school-level Social Studies or English class.
TED Talk lessons also make great "Sub Day" lessons or one-day lessons for in-between units!
In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are funneled down the path to prison — sometimes starting with relatively minor infractions. In an impassioned talk she asks, “Why are we offering only handcuffs and jail time?”
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