This article is a great piece that reflects the ideas presented in “Teaching Youth Media” and subsequently what we discussed in class today. In his article, David A. Graham examines the incident that took place at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina and discusses the more than unfair and bias treatment that black children face in school. Graham writes, “But however extreme the Columbia case may be, it is not unusual for school discipline to fall heavily on black students, either in South Carolina or nationwide. Across the U.S., African Americans are more likely to be disciplined and to face harsher sanctions.”

In “Teaching Youth Media”, Steven Goodman underlines two systems of authority that “have come to play a dominant but contradictory role in shaping the daily life of urban youth of color”. These two systems are: the school system, which is outdated and therefore flawed, and the system of media, which is selling the defiant gangster representation to youth. When thinking about this idea of two systems of authority that Goodman presents “Teaching Youth Media” and the incident that took place at Spring Valley High School, it seems as though the root of the problem is quite obvious, yet the solution…?

This is where I am stuck, and I don’t think I am the only one. If we know that the schools are setting urban youth of color up for failure and the media is feeding youth of color a problematic representation…where do we start? How do we start?


2 responses »

  1. sonyajendoubi says:

    I think there are many youth programs that strive to support students of color outside of the classroom. The hope is that offering them a positive environment will give them the tenacity to pursue their dreams despite the negative influences of institutionalized racism. City Year is a great program which offers support to students outside the classroom.

  2. lagray700 says:

    City Year is great, my cousin is doing it right now. I just wish there were more of these kinds of programs- ones that offer academic/emotional support to students of color.

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