Victor Rios: Help for kids the education system ignores
Victor Rios - Educator, author
Victor Rios seeks to uncover how to best support the lives of young people who experience poverty, stigma and social exclusion. Full bio
that have been pushed out of school,
by the education system,
where they're vulnerable to violence,
for years at a time,
the "school-to-prison pipeline."
has a bottle of liquor in his hand,
through a perspective
that they bring to the education system.
the way we label young people
and the promise to change?
in dire poverty in the inner city,
three times for three felonies.
for the ambulance to arrive
because the system had failed me.
I could make it to my 18th birthday.
that cared reached out
that was always in your business.
whenever you're ready."
about young people like me.
when we're ready,
my people, my family.
because I was broke,
in the back of his van,
would get all bloody.
and I would stop working.
and he would say to me,
something out of nothing."
have taught you a hard-work ethic
yourself in the academic world
and empower your community."
right before graduation,
thinking I'm going to college?
and support she provided,
under probationary status."
I'm already on probation,
not criminal probation.
do to succeed with young people
deficit perspective in education.
come from a culture of violence,
these people are truant.
for us to fill with knowledge.
bring to the schoolhouse.
insurmountable odds are so powerful.
and resilience in them.
refine those stories.
welcomes their families, their cultures,
they've learned to survive.
being the most important:
adequate resources to young people.
and tell me all you want,
by the bootstraps."
without any straps on my boots --
to learn from their mistakes
of their classrooms like animals.
justice in every high school in America.
in the community of Watts in LA
that had been pushed out of school.
that had been given every label.
whenever you're ready."
that he made the switch.
in the newspaper the next day.
I don't know what to do,
on the desk and he said,
turned into joy and laughter
that he did have a purpose in life:
of people in his own community.
to being the story of a survivor
to become a security guard,
at a local school district.
the mind will follow."
have emerged the greatest souls.
are seared with scars."
revolution that we're talking about
of the young people that we work with,
resilience and character
the right kinds of resources.
into believing in myself.
About the speaker:Victor Rios - Educator, author
Victor Rios seeks to uncover how to best support the lives of young people who experience poverty, stigma and social exclusion.
Why you should listen
Based on over a decade of research, Dr. Victor Rios created Project GRIT (Generating Resilience to Inspire Transformation) a human development program that works with educators to refine leadership, civic engagement and personal and academic empowerment in young people placed at-risk.
Rios is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. in comparative ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. His book Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys discusses the many ways in which young urban males of color encounter the youth control complex: a ubiquitous system of punitive social control embedded in what has come to be known as the school-to-prison pipeline.
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