Monday, November 16, 2009

Ghetto Life 101 and Remorse

Today we added to our Venn Diagram about the differences and similarities between our rural neighborhoods and the neighborhoods mentioned in Ghetto Life 101. You all made some pretty perceptive connections about what it must be like to grow up in an area where guns, violence, liquor stores, drug dealers, and drop-outs are the norm. Of course, this is not to say that our lives and neighborhoods are completely safe and perfect. On the contrary, some of you found that we have high rates of drug use here and also deal with issues of teen pregnancy and teens who drop out of school.

Next class, we'll continue to hear the tragic story of Eric Morse, a five year-old boy who was killed in the Ida B. Wells projects by some neighborhood boys, ages about ten and eleven. Keep thinking about this topic. We're going to have lots of discussions about ghettos and violence and crime over the next couple of months. Good work today.

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