The Causes And Possible Solutions Of Juvenile Delinquency Essay

1345 Words Dec 12th, 2014 6 Pages
There are numerous theories and perspectives regarding the causes and possible solutions of juvenile delinquency. Before reading Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity and Dubious Conceptions: The Politics of Teenage Pregnancy I had my own theories regarding juvenile delinquency and how education, teen pregnancy, the family system and poverty played a role in youth becoming part of the juvenile justice system. While reading these two novels, the authors, Ann Ferguson and Kristen Luker, challenged my opinions on juvenile delinquency and helped me develop a better and much more sufficient point of view of the causes, effects and solutions to these problems.
Before reading Ann Ferguson’s Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity, my impression of school misbehavior was that most black youth, boys and girls, were not receiving the resources they needed in the school setting. From my own experiences in high school and my time spent interning for the Department of Juvenile Services in New Orleans, I saw that students who come from lower income homes were in classes where their teachers did not challenge them, they were not really learning, were consistently given “busy work” to complete, and they were sent out of the classroom to the disciplinary office for small offenses on many occasions. My high school had a honors/enriched program and a neighborhood program. I went to high school in Shreveport, La where the population was solely comprised…

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