“. . . An increase in educational attainment significantly reduces subsequent violent and property crime yielding sizable social benefits. Schooling has small positive effects on white collar crime. School attendance reduces contemporaneous property crime but increases contemporaneous violent crime among juveniles. Incarceration during late adolescence appears to reduce educational attainment.”
Education and Crime – Lance Lochner, University of Western Ontario December 13, 2007
Another life has been lost to the violence that permeates the culture of the inner city. Angry young men, killing each other, because they know no other way to settle their differences. They have not been taught to communicate positively and effectively, using reasoning instead of a gun. They have not been taught the sanctity of life, how wonderful they are and how much they have to offer this world.
We can say that it is up to their parents to teach them these things but sadly, their parents weren’t taught and neither were their parents. We have been failing to properly educate our children for generations and we see the effect of our failure with each violent death reported.
We cannot ignore the fact that the last young man to die was sixteen years old and in the eighth grade, three years behind in his educational career.
We are ignoring the educational failure of our children and our children are failing to thrive because of our neglect. We have yet to stand together, in unity, and demand that the Board of Education, the Superintendent, the district, work with the community to create widespread, fundamental, sustainable change in our system of education that will ensure educational success for all of our children.
Many members of this community have worked diligently to research and formulate comprehensive solutions to the problems that plague our district. The district continues to ignore the intellectual property that we offer. How many more of our children must die before we stand together and fight back against the decades of failure that our educational leaders have forced us to accept.
If our leaders won’t listen we must elect new leaders.
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