I missed the State of the Union address last night. It is something I normally watch. I like to know what’s going on, and to hear the President’s agenda for the coming year and term. Instead, I spent the evening reading. In recent months I’ve been trying to grapple with the all the violence coming at, and being created by the youth in this country. I am confused, saddened, scared and angered by it. I work with teenage boys, and I want to understand. So I’m doing some personal homework and reading what others have discovered about boys, school violence and related topics. I hope it brings me more insight so I can do a better job caring for the youth in my life.
Maybe you are also trying to figure out what is going on and why? Maybe you want to know how to talk to your own children about this, or how to be a better teacher, mentor or guide for the youth in your life? Or maybe you don’t really come in contact with young people in your day-to-day life and want to know what their lives are like these days. No one book will have all the answers or solutions. I offer up this short list of titles as a jumping-off point for exploring a very complex and multi-faceted set of issues.
Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman’s Inspirational True Story, by Jodee Blanco
Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters, by Peter Langman
Surviving a School Shooting: a Plan of Action for Parents, Teachers and Students, by Loren Christensen
How to Talk to Your Kids about School Violence, by Ken Druck
Why boys don’t talk–and why it matters : a parent’s survival guide to connecting with your teen, by Susan Morris Shaffer