In a topic that is dear to my heart for a variety of reasons I saw this article and immediately flashed to a, “Why can’t all the kids who have made bad choices in terms of getting embroiled with gangs see the same light?”
When I was writing Homeboyz, a book unfortunately inspired by too many true-to-life violent circumstances involving my own students, I uncovered more and more and more “things” in the course of my research than anyone ought to know. And basically I came to realize that the relationship between youth violence and education is inextricably tied.
You may poo-poo my insights, you may think I am a bleeding-heart liberal who is opining for more government spending, you may think I am one of those softee folks who doesn’t see the side of the victim and their pain when I advocate for felonious kids. Well, that may be true. However, gangs are a scourge on our nation and as society gets more polarized between rich and poor, have and have-not, well-educated versus poorly schooled, realize that the price being paid by not being more effective with our children while we have them in our classrooms is costing our communities immensely.
Here’s a class project (an enhanced podcast) my students did about gangs in Lynwood. Great work about a tragic topic.