The Fallout from Our Blackboard Battlegrounds: A Call for Withdrawal and a New Way Forward

Mae C. Quinn, University of Florida Levin College of Law


This Article seeks to document the manifest hostilities that poor and minority children face in our nation's schools. It does so based in part on the professional and personal experiences of the author as a clinical law professor who teaches a Juvenile Rights and Re-Entry Clinic. It critiques the continuing campaigns against such youth in the United States and urges decision-makers to seriously rethink the nation's priorities and recommit the country to the cause of educating children. This Article further serves as a call to action to join conscientious objectors who reject the current state of affairs. It suggests that we must demand and engage in a different kind of "surge," one that might help to reduce the casualties and provide a true "new way forward" for our most imperiled young people.