If Only Uninformed, Deluded College Students Had Workable Ideas
April 10, 2008 in Reading Response
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I’m a student teacher, and I still work at the school newspaper to get some extra money. We’re an O.K. student newspaper, and we still see our share of pap.
I thought the edublogosphere would be interested in a particularly offensive piece of pap. On the basis of a single trip to the local Juvenile Hall, he has saved us all with his three solutions to juvenile delinquency. The emphasis is mine.
First, decks of cards should be replaced with literature of ethical and moral philosophy. Instead of learning how to gamble, the youths can attempt to understand the role that they play in society and how their actions affect others.
Second, the juveniles’ detention experience should be funded entirely by the family. If the immediate parents can not afford the bill, then it should be dispersed amongst the next nearest relatives. …
Lastly, the parents should be forced to serve a portion of the sentence with their child. This time together could prove to enhance their relationship, be an educational experience, and maintain parental accountability all in tandem.
How would these solutions not exacerbate poverty in the region?
How do you expect to shove philosophy down the throats of high school dropouts when the bulk of graduating high school seniors in our area couldn’t choke it down?
How could even an extended family afford paying for the cost of juvenile hall, especially if they’re forced to serve a portion of their child’s sentence instead of working and making money?
Am I being too acerbic for my own good, or are these ideas really as bad as my gut tells me they are?
Every day, we experience a thousand moments, each of those moments setting in motion a thousand slightly different possibilities in the future. When we make these choices, we are thrust toward another day's crossroads, where we have another thousand choices.
Given the infinite number of choices we make in a lifetime, why do we choose so many of the same routes and make just as many of the same mistakes as our parents and grandparents?
I plan to learn from their mistakes. Let's see how far I get.
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