@Jake Reinhardt what an unnecessarily snide and obnoxious (not to mention supremely unhelpful)comment. Regardless of background, fourteen year olds know (at least marginally) right from wrong. They know that setting a fire in the back of their classroom is the wrong thing to do. They just don't care, or they want to see what they can get away with. Your comment only reinforces the low, low standards to which our society holds kids from lower income backgrounds. Asserting discipline and expecting better from these kids (and not getting it) does not mean that their frustrated teachers rejoice when former trouble students end up dead or in jail, and your comment, however glib, betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of these kids' lives and their teachers' efforts.
i love you FOREVER for referencing that song, mike.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.... What a beautiful piece.
This is a fantastic article. Great job.