Cedu Documentary – Selling the Schools – Cedu Brochures
In the forums at Cafety and Fornits, ex-students, and a few staff and parents, share stories of invasive and abusive programs, run by untrained and often dangerous individuals, whose primary qualification for working with troubled youth (or young people sent away by wealthy, but irresponsible parents), is that they were and are extremely troubled themselves.
But in the brochures?
The only thing we have to fear is…advertising. What happened to the idea of “truth in advertising?” What kind of parent sends their child away, based on advertising? What kind of child gets sent to a Cedu-type school?
“Saving Lives, Healing Families, and Creating Hope since 1967,” is the mission statement on the front of the brochure [top image]. Was this true?
Was Cedu a school in 1967? When did it become one? What were the roots of Cedu?
Cedu Schools were bought by the Brown schools in the late 1990s, then closed in 2004. But Cedu-type schools abound.
- What rights to teenagers have to determine the course of their lives? What rights should teenagers have once they are sent away to boarding, “reform” or “therapeutic” programs? None? Some? What are the rights of a teenager? What should they be?
- What happened to staff people who worked at Cedu? Has there ever been a class-action lawsuit against the Cedu schools? What about schools that hire ex-Cedu employees? Are these employees required to inform employers about previous involvement with the controversial school?
Or do they pretend it never happened?
- Do ex-students have a right to speak critically about their treatment? What rights do adults, who’ve been through these schools as young people, have in reporting it today? What outlets exist for addressing and correcting the damage that has been done?
- What can we do to make these issues public in the minds of educators and school administrators? In the minds of the creators of mental health programs in public and private schools?
What would you say to a parent who’s considering sending a child to a school like Cedu, and holding a glossy brochure as a promise for a better future?