Young Men In Public Schools

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Young men are a very big and important subgroup of the U.S. population; according to the 2010 Census, there were 151,781,326 males in the U.S. and 32,953,433 of those men were aged 15 to 29 (U.S. Bureau, 2011). In the PowerPoint professor Aldcroft says incarceration rates climbed in the 1990's and reached historic highs in recent years. In 1995, 16 percent of black men in their 20's who did not attend college were in jail or prison. By 2004, 21 percent were incarcerated and by their mid-30's, 60 percent of black men who had dropped out of school had spent time in prison. This is a good example of the “school to prison pipeline”. Education has such a big importance in society, but students are being pushed away from schools and instead are…show more content…
Young men in our public education system are the most affected by this. Our public schools fail some students because they contain overcrowded classrooms, inadequate teachers, and not enough funding for extra necessities such as counselors or special education services. This increases disengagement and dropouts, and the worst part is that sometimes teachers feel like they have incentives to push students to drop out. The “No Child Left Behind Act” puts pressure on teachers because of the test based accountability rule. This means teachers encourage students who struggle academically to transition out of the class in order to boost overall test scores (in the teacher’s favor). Aside from this, there are zero-tolerance policies which expel students from school for bringing nail clippers or scissors to school, which leads to unsupervised kids left at home. Alternative schools tend to fail students because they usually don’t provide meaningful education. Instead, they focus on simply trying to get students to graduate and out of school. This causes students who graduated from alternative schools to be at different educational levels than normal high school graduates and doesn’t prepare them for the real world as much as non-alternative school…show more content…
According to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research, the average age at which a man becomes a dad is 27.1, but that goes up to 30.8 for men with a college education (Staniforth, 2013). Having children is a very big responsibility and costs a lot of money. Men are forced to work a lot and possibly in jobs they don’t desire, which makes advancing in a career much more difficult. Young families are more likely to be in poverty because of these reasons. In the lecture it talks about the working poor; “25% of poor Americans work full or part-time. More than 5% of the work force work two or more jobs and are still officially poor” (Aldcroft, 2017). Once in poverty it is extremely hard to get out of it, even if you manage to have multiple jobs (Aldcroft, 2017). Some people are permanently poor. When men have kids at a young age, they may run away from their child and the mother, which creates a situation of separation. In this case, the woman is left to be a single parent and the man is stuck paying for child support, which can cause him to become overwhelmed. Accumulating debt and losing motivation to have better jobs because most of the money will be taken anyway (Aldcroft,
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