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First, my big respect and affection for Rob Ingram. He is simply one solid neighborhood uncle.
Second, continuing on this practical lean, I would suggest parents, teachers, cops, social workers all know that our guys fail their family and school and community expectations at a very predictable time -- that is, when we start looking like idiots in class. At about 13,14, 15 year. No boy can take looking like a dope to the girls.
If you cannot write a good sentence, if you can't do the math, or talk smart about your science homework, why go to class? Better is joining other boys failing.
Of course, this is a complex issue, but here's a simple suggestion: many if not all of our new-Amercan kids, especially rural and refugee camp kids, are not ready for post-modern urban middle or high school. Our schools will fail them, and they will fail their classes. These kids (mostly boys) will populate Portland's next generation of juvenile justice and adult criminal systems.
Why not simply accept that these kids will fail, will join bad kid culture, will not graduate or go to college?
Why not prepare them for good work, for good salaries, for a good family life. Skip our liberal idealism. Without job skills, without a paycheck, as a practical matter, no "good girls" from good families will have a second look at our guys. We cement them into a subculture that gives them the acceptence they need.
Ronault LS (Polo) Catalani, New Portlander Programs, Office of Human Relations.
posted 2 years, 7 months ago
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