I am a remedial literacy teacher and linguistic specialist. Over the last 4 months, I have been teaching inmates in two of Ontario's maximum security jails. I run a Canadian not-for-profit called Literal Change, and I'm dedicated to helping the incarcerated community reach literacy proficiency.
While we may not have the same incarceration numbers, private prisons or overt existence of a prison pipeline, Canada has seen an increase in incarceration over the last decade, and this population continues to be over-represented by black, brown and Latino youth. This highlights a need for open discussion.
Four months ago, I began teaching inmates in two of Ontario's maximum security jails. The experience has taught me a lot in a very short amount of time. I'm learning about an alternative universe that exists in parallel to mine. I'm accessing a dimension which is completely divergent from the one I was born into, and I'm still trying to digest it all.
12/20/2016 10:40 EST
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