Teaching Our Youth In Juvenile Detention, What Are They Learning?

July 19, 2017 Off By Dennis Rhodes


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When you send a teenager to a juvenile detention center, it takes the place of everything in their life. They go to school in the facility, play, and do most of the things that a normal teenager would do like chores, right there in the same building. But what are they actually learning in that facility? Well, that depends on a number of things including the teens themselves, their school and the facility that they are in.

Reaching the School

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The teenagers in a juvenile detention center are actually at the mercy of their school when it comes to setting up their classes. It will also facilitate what they’re going to learn and do while in the facility. The staff will get a hold of the teachers at their home school and will get information including homework and other school stuff. This is the best case scenario as it allows the teenager to keep up with their classmates and jump right back into their normal environment when they are ready. But this isn’t always the case and even when it is, the teenager may face other problems.

A Lack of Support

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Though there are a number of staff members in the facility, very few have the training to act as a teacher and therefore, will have difficulty in providing the teenager with assistance if there are problems. All of these issues can result in difficulties for the teenager who doesn’t quite understand what they’re doing or can’t comprehend the information relayed to them. It can also result in difficulty for the youth to return to their home school and function accordingly.

These teenagers require additional help when they are working on their homework assignments from certified teachers, if possible. What this means is that they are lacking in proper education and it moves them towards being juvenile. If they have sufficient education, there is a chance of betterment for these teenagers.

Moving Forward

Having teachers in a juvenile facility who are trained to handle students of different or special needs can surely assist, if not motivate these delinquents. They will grow up to be better people because they have teachers who set them straight. Youth detention facilities need to take this into consideration and make sure that the teachers they have in the classrooms are actual teachers and that they can provide the youth with high quality education.

Keeping in mind that there are so many “troubled” youth of different ages and different school levels in the same room, it can be difficult for a teacher to address everyone at once, but a trained educator can achieve for that. After all, the students are dependent on the teachers within the facility to help them prepare for their bright future.