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Lesson Plans

Violence & gang symbols

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Jim Foerch (alrai)
Fri, 8 Nov 1996 14:33:45 -0800

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Dear Marcia Thompson,
The kids draw violent scenes because they have seen too much
violence- real in their lives and 'reel' in the media. I just tell them to
make something squeaky clean, suitable for children, like they'll want for
their own kids in the future. I can validate/respect their knowledge and
experiences of violence and require something else in their work.
With respect to the gang business, in my alternative school any
young man with any pretensions of cool wants to be known as a gangster or at
least as being 'down' with the GDs or LKs. However, we absolutely don't
tolerate any gang signs (the symbols, pant legs, hats, bandannas, dyed
pockets....). We announce our zero tolerance policy whenever necessary and
say the most damaging things about the humiliation the students' mothers
feel and the abysmal disgrace their fathers must bear if their children are
involved in total loser behavior. So the kids straighten out their hats,
scrub tables and walls when caught drawing on them and pretty much act like
teenagers. The truly hard core gang members stop attending of their own accord.
Good luck!
Jim Foerch
Banjo, math & science teacher at
Pine Street Creative Arts Academy
1138 Pine NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

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