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Spike in Female Juvenile Violence -- Prompts Multitude of Explanations

"Deviancy training" within adolescent friendships increases delinquency, substance use, violence, and adult maladjustment. Peer-group interventions increase adolescent problem behavior and negative life outcomes in adulthood.

"Kids don't get 'worse' from one generation to the next. We are so concerned with things like self-esteem training that we are disempowering them by not teaching them what they need to know. The Atlantic Online

Everyone agrees helping kids is commendable. But when all the scandal of Covenant House dies down, the overwhelming problems of children reared in poverty will remain. So will the question of accountability. In the '80s America embraced Covenant House as the one stop shopping of youth services, a feel good solution, temporary and superficial, that seemed as genuine as the man who marketed it.

Criminalizing Youth -- 3/4 of the youth who are incarcerated are black, Hispanic and children of color. A black teenager is 6 times more likely to be incarcerated for a first time violent offense than a white teenager. A black teenager is 48 times more likely to do time for a drug offense than a white teenager.

Teen Violence Is Poverty Violence in Disguise -- Experts identified a 1990s demographic scapegoat for America's violent crime: our own kids. Mike Males, author of The Scapegoat Generation: America's War on Adolescents

Crime Reports Misrepresent Violence -- Few individuals have contributed more to the inflammatory and systematic misportrayal of teenage crime in American than Rolling Stone magazine's contributing editor, Randall Sullivan. Mike Males, author of Framing Youth: Ten Myths About the Next Generation

Children and the news -- Seeing and hearing about natural disasters, catastrophic events, and crime reports, may cause children to experience stress, anxiety, and fears. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Growing Up Scared -- Crime terrorizes the weakest and most vulnerable among us. - The Atlantic Monthly

Cherishing kids while neglecting them -- James Baldwin observed 1/3 of a century ago, "Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."

Guns Plentiful at Schools -Principals are underreporting students are bringing guns to school.

Dialing For Dollars -- Nuri Ayers, principal of Sickles High School in Tampa, Florida, smelled smoke in the building. Within 10 minutes, Ayers had her culprit.

Home Sweet School -- The average home schooler's SAT score is 1100, 80 points higher than the average score for the general population

Searching for a Safer Path -- Anger management is included in the curriculum in the alternative school program because they have been suspended or kicked out of their own high schools. Their only other choice for is dropping out. Education Week

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: Breaking the Cycle of Violence by Barbara Coloroso A book parents and teachers use to deal with bullying, an aspect of school the author feels "is a life-and-death issue that we ignore at our children's peril." With the assumption "bullying is a learned behavior," Coloroso (Parenting Through Crisis) explains not only the ways that the bully, the bullied and the bystander are "three characters in a tragic play" but how "the scripts can be rewritten, new roles created, the plot changed." For each of the three "characters," she defines each role, analyzes the ways each character can change behaviors, and suggests methods parents and educators can use to identify bullying and deal with it effectively. The book provides insights into behaviors related to but not always recognized as bullying, such as cliques, hazing, taunting and sexual bullying. This volume's best section is on the "bystander," the person whose behavior is often excused. Coloroso's emphasis is on aikido-related defensive skills when physical force is necessary to stop a bully. An important look at how bullied children can affirm their dignity and self-worth.

Civility Policies Surfacing in Schools -- Washington State introduces civility codes to provide ground rules for communication among teachers, parents and students. Education World

The bullying epidemic - What every parent must know to keep a child safe. Ladies Home Journal

A 17-year-old describes his crusade against the Internet-filtering system in his school.

Good news from teen America - For the 5th year in a row, the teen birthrate has declined. Salon.com

Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Kurcinka, a parent of a spirited child herself and a parent educator for 20 years, provides tools to understanding your own temperament as well as your child's. When you understand temperamental matches--and mismatches--you can better understand, and enjoy the spirit in your child.

Stick Up for Yourself: Every Kid's Guide to Personal Power & Positive Self-Esteem by Gershen Kaufman, Lev Raphael, Pamela Espeland

Style Wars (1983) Some call it tagging, some call it writing, still others call it bombing--it's all graffiti, but it's undeniably illegal. Style Wars tracks the rise and fall of subway graffiti in New York in the late 1970s and early 1980s. At the peak of its popularity, graffiti was as much a part of B-boy culture as rapping, scratching, and breaking. The filmmakers present a well-rounded portrait of their subject through extensive interviews with taggers--notably Seen, Kase, and Dondi--art collectors, transit authorities, and even Mayor Ed Koch, who eventually put the hammer down. Along the way, they documented breakdance scene, with a focus on the world-famous Rock Steady Crew. The soundtrack features selections from Grandmaster Flash, the Treacherous Three, and other tagger-approved icons of old-school hip-hop.

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