Cynthia H. Roberts
Working with a population of cognitively low-functioning special needs students in grades 9-12 is often challenging, yet rewarding. By writing this unit on Juvenile Delinquency: Cause and Effect, I want to raise students level of awareness so that at an early age, students can avoid participating in criminal activities.
We are constantly reminded that there are problems with juvenile violence. Nightly we hear of shootings in communities and even in our schools. Increasing levels of juvenile violence are a national concern. The concern has focused on punishment, but very little on prevention or intervention.
In this unit, we will discuss and present tools that allow youth to deal constructively with interpersonal conflicts, problem-solving techniques and behaviors of peacemaking skills. The future of our world depends on responsible citizens who possess the ability to express and resolve conflicts while working together for civic improvement.
This unit will help students acquire knowledge and skills needed to carry out their responsibilities and protect their rights as citizens of a free society. Lessons in this unit will emphasize basic knowledge of juvenile crime, causes, offenses, treatment, and risk factors.
The reward for learning this unit will be to make significant progress in the lifelong pursuit of becoming a good citizen in a free society.