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Crystal

Crystal

Rosa Parks Elementary: a fake name for a real place, where Ann Ferguson found that Black boys of 10 and 11 years old were routinely and openly described by school adults as “at risk” of failing, “unsalvageable,” and “bound for jail.” Ferguson's book, a primer on how school labeling practices too often work to marginalize and isolate Black male students and brand them as criminally inclined, dispels the myth that "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." As a mother to two sons, a teacher of teachers on Chicago's south side, a sister to an incarcerated young man, and an author who writes about the school-to-prison pipeline, I study Bad Boys like the Bible.