Schools best crime-fighters – judge
Sun, 15 Jul 2012 12:33p.m.
Keeping children in school is the best weapon against youth offending, the top Youth Court judge says.
Schools and teachers were "first-line crime fighters" against a cycle of offending committed by young people, Judge Andrew Becroft told school trustees at their annual conference yesterday.
He said there were 10 key issues affecting young people, from income equality to violence, drug use and a lack of community connectedness, Fairfax Media reported.
"The more time a young person spends at school, the less time there is to be out taking risks," Judge Becroft said.
Expelling children merely shifted the problem.
"A problem pupil removed is a problem solved for that school, but not for our communities. It's simply relocated."
He said that a dependable family unit was the best way for young people to feel supported.
"Very few serious youth offenders come from stable, two-parent homes," he said.
Most youth offenders he saw had experienced regular upheaval in their family lives.
He also identified problems such as learning disabilities, foetal alcohol disorder and the lack of male role models as contributing to youth crime.
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17/07/2012 4:19:37 p.m.
Learning starts at home... where are the parents in all of this... oh wait... lets just blame it on someone else!
16/07/2012 10:19:51 a.m.
@ Grant: It is more that for some children and youth there is a greater need for learning experiences and supports that go beyond what is available in a mainstream classroom. This is not just low income one parent students but across the board. At present most of this funding, attention and services is diverted to high income areas. The solution can be as simple as specific reading schemes, cooking and horticultural exercises. Youth "accidentally" learning literacy and self discipline through more strength tailored forms. Not all of us are suited for academia.
15/07/2012 2:32:22 p.m.
So keeping disfunctional young people in school where they can ruin the learning experience for other students is the judges reccomendation.Schools and teachers are the third line for learning and socialisation after parents and the community. Disfunctional young people need to be socialised before they get a chance to disrupt the classroom.Teachers should be there to teach not deal with policing and social bureaucracy.
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