Reading Day

To prepare for Tuesday’s Symposium, make a quick reference so you can answer the following questions with quotes from your book. Put down the question number and the page number you would use to answer it on a piece of paper.

HW: Free read 20 minutes. Prepare for the Symposium!

2nd Hour

  1. Does education have anything to do with why people commit crimes?
  2. Does your growing up affect why people commit crimes?
  3. Why do you think the crime is so bad in certain areas, such as the Ida B Wells project in Chicago?
  4. Should students be taught more things that they would use in real life and for jobs they want?
  5. Why is our education system so broken in inner cities? How does this affect people at a young age?
  6. Why is crime so prevalent in places like Chicago, New York, and Detroit?
  7. Why is it that schools in areas of poverty, that teachers seem to care less about their students?
  8. Why in really bad areas of crime do the police stay away from them? Their job is to help and protect all citizens.
  9. Is the use of marijuana really so bad that it has to be illegal? What about for medical uses?

10. What factors contribute to high schoolers dropping out?

11. How can we prevent the entrance of drugs and crime into the schools?

12. How can we use school better to motivate students to get out of negative environments?

13. How does a good education change your outlook on life?

14. What could we do, as a society, to reduce crime?

15. What is the relationship between crime and the media?

16. Do people think about the consequences of the crime before they commit it or not until after? Why?

17. Does homework help students understand the class or is it a waste of time?


3rd Hour

  1. Do you think a teacher can change a student’s life through his/her way of teaching? How?
  2. If you are born into crime, is that the destination for the rest of your life?
  3. Why is there so much crime between rival schools (e.g. vandalism)?
  4. Do you think there are a lot of towns with comparisons like City and West? Why is that?
  5. What causes someone to drop out of high school?
  6. How does the environment and type of people you grow up with affect your actions and morals?
  7. Does high education lead to crime-free lives or does it allow you to get away with things easier? Do people with more power/education get overlooked for things more than people who have no power?
  8. How involved should the schools systems get with children who have inadequate parents?
  9. Is the problem with childhood crime more related to bad parenting or our society?

10. Is education a gateway to a good life? Why or why not?

11. What makes people commit crimes and how can we eradicate crime? Is eradication possible?

12. Crime has been linked to poverty. Why do you think this is so?

13. Personal lives affect one’s education. If you’re worried about your family and eating, you aren’t as focused on school and learning. How can we reduce this worry in school?

14. How can time period influence the crimes that people commit?

15. How and why does achievement differ according to socioeconomic status, gender, and race?

16. In your book, what did you want people to think about crime?

17. How do you feel about children living in poverty? What could make them stay out of the streets and get a good education?

18. How do you feel about the violence in places of poverty? Is the school system just bad in those places? What can be done about family issues?

19. Are there crimes, if any, that should be allowed to be committed?

20. Why do smart, educated people commit crimes when they have learned about the consequences in school?

21. Why do you think crime/poor education cycles are hard to break?

22. Why is it that low income, crime-intense communities perpetuate their crime and low income? How could we solve or help this?

23. What part of the brain controls criminal activity and how is it affected when a crime is committed?

24. Why has the high school dropout rate been increasing?

25. Why do the police have difficulties catching criminals?

26. How does one person’s crime affect another person in your book?

27. Do you think that if the character had a higher education the crime would’ve been prevented? Why?

28. Why do you think some kids turn to a life of crime instead of going to school?

29. What were the different outcomes between kids who finish school compared to those who drop out?


4th Hour

  1. Do you think we could be more competitive with other countries if we privatized the school system? Why or why not?
  2. How can we encourage youth not to join gangs?
  3. Has the gang life leaked into the school system? How deep does it go?
  4. Do you think that the incidence of alcohol-related crime is greater among certain ethnic groups more than others? Why?
  5. Do you think that the lack of an education results in more violence, or would the violence still exist even with an education? Why?
  6. Why is crime worse in areas with “failing” schools?
  7. What do you think is the most prevalent factor that causes crime in these areas?
  8. Does putting a teacher in a “troubled” school change the method in which she/he teaches?
  9. What would it take for a teacher to motivate students who are “troubled”?

10. How do you think the court system is doing on solving crime?

11. Has school become an unsafe place to get an education? Why or why not?

12. Why do you think places become “ghettoes”?

13. Shouldn’t people know right from wrong even without an education? Why or why not?

14. What are some programs/services that could promote education?

15. How do journalism and the media affect young adults?

16. Are people with family members in jail more likely to commit crimes? Why or why not?

17. Do you think City High School focuses more on AP and Honors classes or does it push all students to succeed equally? Why?

18. Do you think the court system should focus more on rehabilitation and education or continue operating under the principle “you do the crime, you do the time”? Why?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s