1. One of the main reasons we need to be concerned with at-risk youth is that if we do not try to help these students they, frankly, will become a drain to society. When they dropout they increase their risk to becoming drug dependent, unemployed, adjudicated end up in jail, and they increase their risk of teen pregnancy. In addition, they will need social services such as welfare and healthcare, both of which are currently over taxed already. We discussed in class that states such as California are using reading scores to anticipate how many new jails they need to build rather than reinvesting that money into the education of those at-risk students.
2. Five key indicators for at-risk youth are:
a. Minority, racial or ethnic
b. Living in a poverty household
c. Living in a single parent home
d. Having a poorly educated mother
e. Having a non-English language background
3. Alcohol: 50% of students drank alcohol one or more days during the preceding month according to our text. I am not sure what that means though, did they have a sip of the parents’ beverage, they drank a whole drink, did they have a desert or sauce that was made with alcohol, or are half of these kids Catholic (Blood of Christ at Communion)? I do believe that 17% drove after drinking (again you could use some of the same arguments as above), but I think most teens are reckless at this age and just cannot contemplate the repercussions of their actions. What is scary now is that kids do some insane things to their body to get “drunk.” Who thinks to shoot vodka via their eyeball or anus? Kids are now taking shots through their eyes to get drunk quickly. Unfortunately, it is causing kids to have deteriorating eyesight.
Drugs: Again, I think sometimes that kids exaggerate their use of drugs or alcohol to be “cool.” However, I think that 26% smoking marijuana in the past month could be a low figure. Marijuana becomes easier to get every year and it has to be accessible for students. If kids have learned to sell cheese in elementary school, imagine how they have improved their skills as a salesperson. If they are still in school or near a school, now they can get you hooked on hard drugs that vary in price, but are highly addictive. Meth, crack, cocaine, heroin are all poisonous substances that make marijuana look fairly harmless in comparison. The USA is spending a substantial amount of money on the drug war and we are falling further and further behind. This issue is going to get worse long before it gets better due to technology making it easier for drug dealers and manufactures.
Sex: Nothing scared me more about sixth grade than this subject. Within the first week, we caught a girl letting boys feel her up for popularity, I intercepted a note from a boy congratulating a girl for giving a student oral sex in the bathroom, and we suspended a boy for his third inappropriate touching of a female student (a different one each time). Later the teachers...