Risky Behavior : Risky Behaviors

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Risky Behaviors When asked the question regarding risky behaviors in African-American student peer groups, the Academic Dean had this to say: These teens or young adults have a different temperament that’s responded to their good life with risky living. So, we must introduce equations into their lives. This means, we talk over big decisions ahead of them (or behind them) and define how one choice leads to a specific benefit, but another choice leads to a negative consequence. Then, we must make sure we don’t remove those consequences. This does not mean we throw them to the “wolves” without any support. It simply means we talk through outcomes, then let life demonstrate it is full of equations. We must follow through and discuss both the perks and price of our choices. It’s hard to be flexible when you have not had true, and difficult consequences for your risky actions. We, in education, have begun to show a pattern of acceptance of these risky behaviors. I believe we need to analyze how we deal with risky behaviors, beyond just punishing and disciplining endlessly. There are other interventions that need to be investigated and researched, at a higher level than at a campus. The Head Counselor was very quick to cite current research into African-American students she had just seen at a district counseling pull-out: Black and Latino students across the United States are far more likely to be suspended than white students - and far less likely to have access to rigorous
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