The following essay appeared in the Sunday, April 18, 2010 edition of The Dallas Morning News in the Points section of the paper.
The systemic forces at work that maintain deeply entrenched poverty in our community contribute to the challenges facing low-income parents and families. Still, the call to poor parents and children is to rise to the occasion to do everything possible to overcome the terrible obstacles in the way of their progress. I suspect that the success Mr. Robberson suggests in his essay must alos involve a strong community component.
What do you think?
Tod Robberson: Bridging the gap through better parenting
Principal Lucy Hakemack got a shocking response from her H. Grady Spruce High School students when they were told that their Pleasant Grove neighborhood ranks second in the nation in teen pregnancies.
It seems the students regarded their school and community as having accomplished something noteworthy. They just didn't get that a top national ranking for ruined futures is not a good thing.
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