Briefing Document – Monitoring Playgrounds

A briefing document by the Manifesto Club shows that schools’ monitoring of ‘racist incidents’ has continued and expanded, with a new trend of recording kids’ ‘prejudice’ based on gender, sexuality, ‘home circumstances’ and special needs. The briefing document argues that these recording systems intervene in everyday playground interaction, as well as undermining teachers’ authority and ability to deal with incidents in a proportionate manner. DOWNLOAD THE BRIEFING DOCUMENT Media coverage: ‘Fat bucket’ isn’t the worst thing you can call a child. ‘Bigot’ is, Sarah Oliver, Daily Mail, 4 January Is your five-year-old a bigot and a racist?, 4 January, Guardian School pupils…

The Corruption of Punishment

A new Manifesto Club report shows how local authorities are using litter fines as a money-making operation. People are being fined for increasingly trivial incidents – from dropping a match stick, to a piece of cotton falling off a glove. More worryingly, often these fines are given out by private companies who are working on a commission basis. The report argues that such profiteering punishment works against the interests of justice and public service. We recommend that fines be used only in proportion to the offence, and when necessary for the public interest. Download the report: The Corruption of Punishment Responses to…