One of the characteristics of under-resourced neighborhoods around the world is the lack of work or intermittent work for males. A brilliant sociologist from Harvard, William Julius Wilson (“When Work Disappears”), states, “If you want to break a culture, all you have to do is take work away from men because it changes identity.”
Fear that after-school funding will die ebbed a bit as the U.S. Senate education committee affirmed its support for a major federal grant program.
The committee approved an amendment reauthorizing the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which provides after-school care to 1.6 million low-income children.
The program had been dropped initially from the bill being created in the Senate to replace No Child Left Behind.
When high school sophomore Mykia Moore got into an argument with her best friend over a boy last year at Augustus Hawkins High School in South Los Angeles, the dispute quickly escalated into a physical fight.
Jurisdictions around the country have been turning against group care with the result that there are no appropriate placements for many youths. Of course every child should be in the least restrictive setting capable of meeting his/her needs, but agencies around the country are hurting children by denying them the higher level of care that they need.