I include two responses below from two former KIPP students with very different perspectives on KIPP. The first one offers an unreserved endorsement of KIPP and all its practices, while the second one offers something quite different. Since the second one stated that she feared for her safety , any details that could be used to identify her have been deleted.
My comments follow each.
"Stockholm syndrome can be seen as a form of traumatic bonding, which does not necessarily require a hostage scenario, but which describes 'strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other.'
One commonly used hypothesis to explain the effect of Stockholm syndrome is based on Freudian theory. It suggests that the bonding is the individual’s response to trauma in becoming a victim. Identifying with the aggressor is one way that the ego defends itself. When a victim believes the same values as the aggressor, they cease to be a threat."